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Fire damages historic Concord building

New Hampshire Union Leader

February 12. 2012 2:46PM
A general alarm fire on Sunday heavily damaged the Green Martini Restaurant and Louge at 6 Pleasant St. Ext. in Concord and the four stories of apartments located above it in the Endicott Hotel. The apartments were vacant and about to undergo renovation. (KATHRYN MARCHOCKI/UNION LEADER)

CONCORD - A general alarm blaze broke out in a historic Pleasant Street building this morning, heavily damaging the Green Martini Restaurant and Bar and four stories of vacant apartments above it that were slated for renovation.

An automatic alarm brought firefighters to the 6 Pleasant St. building about 7:30 a.m. where they found smoke and fire moving up the floors through the spaces and the walls, Concord Fire Battalion Chief William Weinhold said.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries resulting from 'slips and falls' on the icy street and were sent to the hospital for evaluation, Weinhold said.

Subfreezing temperatures and the 19th century building's age made it more difficult to battle the blaze, which was brought under control about 10:30 a.m. Crews were still on the scene after 1 p.m.

'There was a lot of work to dig it out,' Weinhold said.

No one was inside the building when the fire occurred, he said. Cause of the fire is under investigation, but not considered suspicious, Weinhold said. Origin of the fire is undetermined, he said. Firefighters, however, arrived to find smoke and fire moving from the first floor to the upper levels.

Concord fire struck a fourth-alarm to bring in equipment and personnel from 19 surrounding communities. The town also struck a general alarm, which brought in all off-duty Concord firefighters.

Police closed off about five blocks of North Main Street for several hours, rerouting traffic from Hills Avenue and Depot Street.

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