Home » News » Public Safety
Eight displaced in two-alarm blaze in Manchester
District Chief Al Poulin said smoke detectors woke tenants to the danger at 3:17 a.m.
He said Sandra Davis, who lived in a second-floor apartment of the 610 Second St. building, looked out a window to see flames reflected in the window of an apartment building across the yard.
She saw her porch was on fire and then looked up to discover the third-floor porch completely in flames, Poulin said. Davis woke her family and roommates, and alerted tenants on the third floor to the fire, he said.
The four-man crew, increased recently from three, made all the difference in the initial attack, Poulin said. They were able to keep flames from extending into the other units, although the entire building was damaged by heavy smoke and water.
Poulin estimated damage at $125,000.
Despite firefighters' efforts, the fire went to two alarms, bringing about 40 of the 46 firefighters on duty to the scene. Crews cut into the roofs to vent the flames.
Poulin said the building had three separate roof lines because of additions over the years, allowing flames to get into the walls. As a result, he said, firefighters had to cut through walls and ceilings to make sure the fire was completely out.
The fire started on the third-story porch, sent flames into the roof and down to the second-story porch once it burned through the floor, he said.
The building has four apartments. The first floor was vacant; the second floor housed Raymond and his son, Davis, her boyfriend and her daughter; and the third floor had two apartments, one with two residents and the other, a single occupant.
Mutual aid was called from Londonderry, Litchfield, Auburn, Concord, Bedford and Goffstown to provide station coverage.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Rochester 10-year-old, grandmother escape fire in home with no smoke detectors - 0
- Authorities say smoking ignited oxygen in Derry apartment building fire - 1
- Motorcyclist flown to Maine hospital following crash on Route 125 - 0
- Londonderry police to open station to residents - 0
- Affair, threats alleged in Weare police chief investigation - 9
- Cause of 3-alarm Derry fire remains under investigation - 0
- Claremont police warn public about suspicious soda bottles - 1
- Mechanical failure ruled out in fatal plane crash that claimed lives of two Kingston men - 0
- UPDATED: Cause of three-alarm Derry blaze under investigation - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Kuster, Shea-Porter split on vote to arm Syrian rebels - 0
- Man arrested in White Park stabbing in Concord - 0
- Two arrested, car and cash seized in SWAT raid, drug bust at South Mammoth Road home in Manchester - 1
- Dean Kamen is a genius inventor, and he's pretty good at oratory, too - 3
- Tom Herzig's Trackside: Modified tour is shortened - 0
- Patriots Notebook: Pats wary of veteran playmaker Woodson - 0
- College Football: Expect offense when Richmond, UNH meet - 0
- Young fighters' dreams on display tonight at Fight to Educate - 0
- Drew Cline: When Republicans turn off Republicans - 7
Two arrested, car and cash seized in SWAT raid, drug bust at South Mammoth Road home in Manchester
Keene man charged with assault on 2-year-old
Another View -- Bill Duncan: What did the NH Supreme Court really say about private school funding?
Every vote counts: Here is the proof
Casino gambles: Hopes dashed all over
Havenstein says Christie backing a 'boost'