MANCHESTER, NH – A dramatic scene unfolded Thursday afternoon as fire crews raced into a burning house to rescue a 59-year-old man trapped inside a second-floor bedroom.
Rescue 1 from Merrimack Street Station arrived first, along with Engine 10 from Mammoth Road Station, and crews immediately entered the 2½-story wood frame home without a water line. Crew members made their way to a second-story bedroom where they encountered heavy fire and smoke conditions. They forced open the door and conducted a search, where they found the victim several feet beyond the door.
They carried the victim downstairs to the front lawn and provided medical attention – he had suffered critical burns over 80 percent of his body, according to District Fire Chief Alfred Poulin.
Meanwhile, Engine 10 advanced a line to extinguish the fire and checked for extension into the attic, along with Truck 1 and Engine 8 providing water supply.
The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to the Elliot Hospital. Chief Poulin described the man’s injuries as serious. The children were not injured.