MANCHESTER, NH — Fire crews responded to a two-alarm fire at Mt. Carmel Nursing home Friday night.
Crews were dispatched at 10:03 p.m. and the scene was declared under control at 10:47 p.m. A second alarm was called bringing a total of six engines, three ladder trucks, 1 rescue, 1 district chief, and four ambulances. Mutual aid was summoned from surrounding communities to cover vacated fire stations.
The call came as a 911 call from an employee reporting a fire in the first-floor kitchen. Crews arrived and encountered a significant fire in the kitchen that was extending to the ceiling and walls. The enclosed kitchen was filled with heavy smoke, limiting visibility to the crews. The first two arriving crews advanced into the kitchen with a hose line and were able to extinguish the advancing fire within 10 minutes.
One nursing home resident was transported to a local hospital with injuries
This 120-bed nursing home presented a logistical challenge to the fire department, said District Fire Chief Michael Gamache.
“With approximately 150 people in the building (including staff) our main priority is evacuating those in danger rapidly and efficiently. Additional crews were summoned to the scene in anticipation of having to accomplish this task. Fortunately, the first arriving crews were able to extinguish the fire with the additional arriving crews providing support in terms of mechanical ventilation. This prevented any products of combustion from entering the areas where the residents lived. The incident commander made the decision to shelter all occupants in place,” Gamache said.
The Manchester Health Department was summoned to the scene to work with the nursing home staff on steps they need to take to restore their kitchen to an operable condition. Their kitchen will be out of service until such time.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by Manchester Fire Department’s investigator.