MANCHESTER, NH — Several 911 calls came in to Manchester Fire Department reporting a van fire next to a building at 640 Harvard St. late Friday afternoon. Engine 7 came upon a van which was fully engulfed in flames with fire extending to the loading dock area.
Firefighters quickly knocked down the heavy volume of fire and participated in extensive overhaul of the loading dock area. There were several pressurized cylinders stored in the loading dock area that were not affected by the flames. The fire was contained to that part of the building. There is one cabinet business located in the building that received no damage to their production area. There was one victim that sustained minor injuries. He was apparently living in the van and started the fire accidentally.
The city recently took title to the building due to back taxes of more than $800,000. The former home ofGenest Bakery, the building is still partially occupied, but has been considered a blight on the neighborhood. It was found to have several code violations during a city inspection.