Firefighter injured, family displaced following Concord Street fire sparked by careless smoking

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MANCHESTER, NH – A firefighter was injured in a Wednesday night fire on Concord Street, and two trapped dogs were carried safely from the second floor of the building.

Firefighters responded to 266 Concord St. at about 7:40 p.m. on May 6 to put out the blaze that gutted the third floor of a three-story four-unit apartment house.

Fire companies arrived and did a search for victims, but found all occupants had already evacuated. 

Despite the close proximity of other homes on Concord Street, no other buildings were damaged, fire officials said.

A family of five was displaced by the fire. Two dogs found in a second-floor apartment were rescued safely by firefighters, and neither of them suffered any injuries. 

One firefighter suffered injuries and was taken to Catholic Medical Center for treatment. District Chief Michael Gamache said the firefighter was treated for cardiac issues and was released from the hospital around midnight, and should fully recover.

Preliminary investigation indicated the fire was accidental and caused by careless disposal of smoking material. Fire officials estimated the damages were approximately $25,000.

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  • Katie Curet

    someone explain this to me, this was my home. my dogs were left in the apartment until after the fire was put out my husband was the one who ran in and grabbed them after the fire men just closed them into a room. not only were the fire men laughing and giggling as they were putting the fire out but the fire cheif told my husband get ready to have ur picture taken as he was carrying my pitbulls out of my home. also careless disposal of smoking materials? this was my home i do not smoke and do not allow others to smoke in my home! an ash tray was carried to the second story of my apartment after my brother in law finished smoking outside we left an hour after he was finished smoking. i had even ran upstairs to turn the hallway light off no smoke or fire, but yet 30 minutes after i leave my home is torched ya no pure laziness, they see an ash tray and just assume. but nice try!