Photo gallery by Jeffrey Hastings/Frame of Mind Photo
MANCHESTER, NH – A home on Rockland Avenue was destroyed by a fire that officials say was sparked careless disposal of smoking materials. The fire quickly spread to the house, which has been determined to be a total loss.
Crews were dispatched to 159 Rockland Ave. at around 2 p.m. on May 7 and quickly called for a second alarm as the fire gained momentum.
A resident of the home escaped the house with her children and no injuries were reported.
Fire crews had some complications to deal with, including live downed power lines, which had burned through.
Manchester District Chief Jim Michaels said the fire remains under investigation, but preliminary investigation indicates the cause was due to improper disposal of smoking material.
Dry conditions also contributed to the rapid spread of the fire, as a “red flag” warning was in effect by the NH Department of Forests and Lands. This is the second fire in as many days attributed to smoking material that was not extinguished. Residents are urged to use caution whenever disposing of ashes.
More information on the fire should be released once the District Chief completes a report. We’ll bring you any updates.