Officials: Fire on Ahern Street caused by child playing with lighter

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Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 3.13.45 PMMANCHESTER, NH – A child hiding in a closet playing with a lighter sparked a fire Saturday on Ahern Street, leaving seven people displaced, causing $45,000 in damages and leaving the home uninhabitable.

According to a narrative of the Nov. 15 incident provided by fire officials:

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Just after noon four engines, two ladder trucks, and several rescue vehicles were dispatched to 62 Ahern Street for a fire in a second-floor bedroom.

The fire was deemed under control by 12:28 p.m., but caused extensive damage to the second floor as well as smoke and water damage throughout the first floor.Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 3.11.24 PM

Fire crews conducted a search of the residence after initial reports came in that the occupants were inside, but that information was incorrect.

Seven people were displaced, including two adults and five children.

A quick knock-down of the fire by firefighters from E-9 on Calef Road prevented extension of the fire to the attached units on either side of the residence, officials said.

Damages are estimated at approximately $45,000.

The building is owned by Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority and was deemed uninhabitable.

The incident is under further investigation by the Manchester Fire Marshal’s Office and Manchester Police.

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