Fire crews battle 3-acre brush fire, one of two back-to-back calls Sunday

Busy Sunday for Manchester fire crews.

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Brush fire burned about 3 acres near Goffstown Back Road. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

MANCHESTER, NH – Fire crews were busy Sunday with two fire calls, the first one a residence in the city’s North End, and the second a brush fire near Goffstown Back Road.

Lack of water supply created a challenge in fighting a large brush fire Sunday. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

The first call came in at 2:30 p.m.on May 21  for a building fire at 1548 Paule Ave. Crews encountered heavy fire on the right side of a single-story Duplex.

Upon further investigation it was found that the fire was located in the crawl space under residence, and had extended into the floor section of a hallway, bedroom and bathroom area. Heavy overhaul was performed to remove the flooring of these areas and completely extinguish the fire. The owner was not home at either location and the fire is being investigated by the Manchester Fire Prevention Division.

Damage was estimated at $10,000.

In the second fire call, several reports started coming in at about 4:50 p.m. for heavy smoke conditions in the vicinity of 474 Goffstown Back Road. Several large areas of fire were found in the area south of the power lines. Additional engines and units were called to assist arriving engines with manpower and water shuttle from Goffstown Road. Heavy vegetation and terrain presented a challenge to extinguishing the fire, and distance from a water source required a water shuttle to be established.

About three acres were involved in the brush fire. No injuries were reported from either incident.


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