After a complete and thorough origin and cause investigation by Manchester Fire Marshal’s office, Manchester Police Department, and NH State Fire Marshal’s office, it was determined that this fire was intentionally set in the main store area. READ MORE
Although the automatic alarms were sounding, not all residents evacuated the building. While battling the blaze, some additional arriving crews were directed to assist those who did not evacuate when the alarm sounded, and were escorted by firefighters to safety. READ MORE
Several residents of the city-owned public housing building required evacuation, and second-alarm was sounded to add more manpower. A Manchester Transit bus was brought to the scene to provide shelter to the building occupants during the operation, due to the cold and rainy weather. The building has 100 apartments and approximately 300 residents.