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Neighbors rescue man, dog from burning Keene home

August 11. 2018 10:39PM
A blaze broke out at 301 Washington St., Keene, on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. (Keene Fire Department)

KEENE — A three-alarm fire of unknown origin damaged a 2½-story Keene residence Friday night, according to fire officials.

A spokesman for the New Hampshire and Vermont Region of the American Red Cross said the fire displaced three families who had been living in the residence.

The blaze broke out about 5:30 p.m. at 301 Washington St., across the street from the city’s recreation center.

Washington Street is a spur that leads from Keene’s downtown and stretches north and east away from the center of the city.

A garage attached to the wood-framed home was gutted by fire, officials said.

Officials said it appeared the fire started in the garage and spread into the home causing heavy smoke and fire damage to the second floor and the attic.

There were no reported injuries and officials said neighbors rescued a male resident and his dog before crews arrived.

A Keene firefighter was brought to Cheshire Medical Center for possible dehydration and was treated and released later Friday night, fire officials said.

Fire Chief Mark Howard said the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

A second alarm was struck soon after fire officials arrived, and a third alarm around 6 p.m. brought additional manpower to the scene, officials said.

Red Cross officials said they provided food and drink to 60 firefighters who had fought the blaze.

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