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Four Firefighters injured battle 3 Alarm Fire

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August 2-Manchester, NH - Four city firefighters suffered minor injuries battling a 3-alarm fire on Tuesday afternoon. The 20,000-square-foot 12-unit apartment building is located on Beech Street between Monadnock Lane and Merrimack Street's. The Box was transmitted at 1156 hours reporting a building fire at 463 Beech Street, and first arriving Truck 1 reported "heavy fire showing in the rear of the building"! The fire had already extended up the exterior of the building and into the cock loft area. Firefighters conducted searches and an interior attack of the fire, as Truck companies quickly went to the roof and performed a trench cut stopping the fire midpoint of the building. All residents who were home at the time escaped unharmed, Fire Chief Andre Parent said. Second and Third alarms were transmitted as well as all off duty city firefighters by Incident Commander Battalion Chief Flurey. Firefighters were eventually pulled out of the building as heavy fire poured from the roof and companies went to defensive operations. Numerous hand-lines, four ladder companies along with approximately 125 firefighters battled the fire as temperatures rose into the high 90's. Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, a third a cut on the hand, and a fourth injured his shoulder. "We are rotating crews because of the heat" said Chief Parent. Firefighters saved four cats and two guinea pigs, and fire spread was limited to 6 of the 12 units due to aggressive firefighting efforts. Fire officials believe the fire started with some trash cans up against the rear of the building. The fire was declared Under Control at 1420 hrs as firefighters battled extensive overhaul operations into the afternoon. Numerous surrounding mutual aid communities covered the city's ten firehouse's during the fire.

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