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Two Early-Morning Arson Fires Hit Concord

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CONCORD, NH - Two back-to-back arson fires on July 24th kept city firefighters on the run all night.

The first fire, located at 60 Village Street, burned a small outbuilding behind Penacook Elementary school at 1:08 A.M. "Firefighters extinguished the first fire and cleared the scene by 0158," said Concord Fire Chief John Chisholm.

The second fire was reported at 2:43 A.M. for a furniture warehouse on fire at 191 Village Street. First due Engine and Rescue 5 arrived in minutes to find heavy fire from the building. A working fire and then a second-alarm was sounded, along with the call for all off duty firefighters to cover the city.

"Due to the amount of fire and amount of furniture stored inside, crews initiated a defensive fire attack," said Chief Chisholm. The fire was placed under control at 4:42 A.M., with extensive overhaul operations.

Anthem, the NH State Fire Marshal's arson dog, was brought into the scene. Adam Fanjoy, the deputy state fire marshal, partners with Anthem. Extensive Mutual Aid was brought to scene and to cover the city's four firehouses. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation.

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