Home » News » Public Safety
Officials: Another city fire started by cigarette
MANCHESTER — Fire officials say improper disposal of cigarettes started a fire at a South Maple Street apartment building early Saturday morning.
It was the third fire in the city in as many days, and the second caused by discarded smoking materials.
Three families were left homeless by Saturday's fire at 94 South Maple St., which was reported just before 3 a.m. Everyone was out of the building when firefighters arrived.
Fire investigator Peter Lennon said the structure is a two-family apartment building but had an “illegal basement apartment” as well.
Lennon said the fire started on a second-floor balcony and traveled up the outside of the building to the roof. The building is currently uninhabitable because firefighters had to open up the roof to extinguish the fire, he said.
District Chief Robert Corbeil said residents apparently disposed of cigarettes in a plastic bucket on the balcony, and the material caught fire.
“It starts smoldering and all you need is a little bit of wind,” he said. “It's just a recipe for disaster.”
The American Red Cross was assisting one family with shelter, and the other two were staying with friends or relatives, Lennon said.
A discarded cigarette was also the cause of a four-alarm fire that destroyed a condominium building at Deer Haven Preserve on Eastern Avenue early Thursday morning, according to officials. The cigarette was discarded outside the building, starting a fire, and the flames ignited the vinyl siding.
Firefighters had to rescue some residents from balconies in that fire; three firefighters suffered minor injuries and one resident was treated for smoke inhalation.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Police investigating crash after truck reportedly loses tire in Concord - 1
- Derry firefighters extinguish Jeep fire - 0
- Chemical spill in Newington business sends 6 to the hospital - 0
- Officials investigate suspicious Manchester blaze - 0
- UPDATED: Mass. man charged after hitting barrier at Bedford toll plaza - 2
- Massachusetts woman injured in Milan snowmobile crash - 0
- ATV sinks trying to skim water of Weirs Beach - 0
- Fire destroys vacant Nashua building - 0
- Pre-St. Pat's party at UMass turns violent, 43 arrested - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Revised lice policy gets cool reception from some at Manchester school meeting - 0
- Manchester man who defrauded banks in mortgage foreclosure scheme gets 6 years - 0
- March storm brings accumulation mystery, maybe misery - 0
- Manchester’s Slebodnick stars in Cornell’s title win - 0
- NHIAA Girls’ Div. I final four offers intriguing matchups - 0
- Goffstown voters have lots to consider with schools - 0
- With snow budget depleted, Nashua dips into trust fund - 0
- Manchester CrimeWatch: Graffiti charge keeps teen’s bail from changing - 0
- Police union contract a top concern for Bedford voters - 0
Taken for a ride: Hooksett’s Pinkerton deal
Manchester schools project budget surplus
Dover man found not guilty of sex assault but convicted of drugging three women in Portsmouth