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May 26. 2013 12:26PM

Smokey oven fire forces Nashua evacuation

NASHUA - One person required hospital treatment after heavy smoke from a pre-dawn oven fire drove several people to the street early Sunday.

Two people required assistance from firefighters in making their way out of the Pheasant Run apartment complex, located off Silver Drive about a half mile from the commercial center on Daniel Webster Highway.

Deputy Chief Karl Gerhard said the occupants of one unit in the multi-family apartment building discovered the fire and left their residence, leaving the door open in the process.

While the fire was put out quickly, the smoke escaped the apartment and caused a heavy smoke condition on the second and third floors.

One of the two people helped out of the smoke-filled structure was taken to Southern New Hampshire Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Fire officials said that the best procedure in the event of an oven fire is to shut the oven off, close the oven door and evacuate the building.

When evacuating a multi-family building, the door to the unit with the fire should be closed to prevent the fire from spreading, they said.

In the fire Sunday morning, fire officials said some residents ignored the early morning fire alarms and warned that failing to heed fire alerts can result in fatal injury.


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