Serious damage averted in Cilley Road fire thanks to neighbor, quick response by MFD

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MANCHESTER, NH — Manchester Fire crews were dispatched to a call at 181 Cilley Road at approximately 8:01 p.m. on Jan. 5. Engines 7, 9, 2 & 3, Trucks 7 & 1, and Rescue 1 responded.

First-responders arrived to find fire under an attached deck on the south side of the home. An alert neighbor noticed a large area of smoke coming from under the deck and called 911. Fire crews from Somerville Street arrived several minutes after receiving the call and extinguished the advancing fire.

No injuries were reported.

According to District Chief Mike Gamache, the neighbor’s quick thinking coupled with a rapid response by Manchester Fire Department prevented significant damage to the single-family home. The family was not home at the time of the fire but arrived home after being notified.

A delay of several additional minutes in notification or response would have resulted in a situation where the south side of the home would’ve been engulfed in flames.

Preliminary investigation has identified the cause of the fire as accidental due to the improper installation of a pellet stove

Estimated damage is $1,500.

Gamache reports that this is the second city fire within a month caused by the exhaust of a pellet stove, the other incident being where firefighters were injured on Seventh Avenue.

“We remind residents that a permit must be pulled to install pellet stoves or supplemental heating units in your home. The permit process will ensure safe installation and safer operation of these units,” Gamache said.

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