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Fire Guts Former Friendly's Restaurant in Concord

By JAY HEATH, Correspondent | October 13, 2020 | NEW HAMPSHIRE

Story No. 102020105

Concord, NH - Thick black smoke, held to the ground by wet heavy rains, blanketed downtown Concord as fire ripped through the vacant Friendly's restaurant just before 7:00 P.M. on October 13th.

Callers reported a fire in the vacant building and a full Box Alarm assignment was dispatched at 6:52 P.M. Firefighters found heavy smoke showing with fire well advanced into the attic and roof, making it too dangerous for city firefighters to remain in the building after they made their way inside to attack the fire.

"All companies were ordered to evacuate after 10 minutes and we moved to a defensive operation," said Concord interim Fire Chief Guy Newbery. "It was wood-truss construction in an unsprinklered building, so fire spread rapidly." Newbery added that there were no fire alarms inside either, saying "the fire had a significant headway on our arrival."

A working fire and audible alarm for all off duty city firefighters was ordered, and the fire was not brought under control until 9:12 P.M. Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the night and an investigation began the next morning. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation.

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