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September 30. 2012 12:33AM

Two fires and two people trapped in separate accident in Dover


Firefighters from around the Seacoast responded to Dover's aid Saturday night, including to help extinguish a three-alarm fire in a vacant home at 34 New York St. (JOHN QUINN/Union Leader Correspondent)

DOVER – It was a busy Saturday night after two fires occurred on the same downtown street before a vehicle rolled over near Exit 6 of the Spaulding Turnpike.

Police, firefighters and emergency personnel responded to two fires along New York Street, beginning with a blaze in a Jeep which melted the front of a home near Central Avenue just before a fire – which eventually went to three alarms – tore through a vacant home at 34 New York St. around 9:50 p.m.

Meanwhile, area firefighters responded to the Spaulding Turnpike near Exit 6 at 10:34 p.m. after a northbound vehicle rolled into the woods onto its roof and trapped two occupants. Crews used hydraulic extrication equipment to free the pair, who were transported to the hospital.

“It's just been one of those things,” Dover's Assistant Fire Chief James Ormond said.

Ormond credited the quick response from neighboring departments who came to Dover's aid in both locations.

Firefighters struck the third alarm at the second fire since they were not sure whether the building was occupied, how close it was to other homes in the downtown and due the fact it was Saturday night, Ormond said.

Local crews fighting the three-alarm blaze were assisted by firefighters from Durham, Newington, Portsmouth, Rochester, Rollinsford and Somersworth as well as North Berwick and South Berwick, Maine.

“There was fire showing on all three floors,” Ormond said, adding the fire was under control around 11 p.m.

Ormond said firefighters checked the entire home and did not find any occupants inside. He added no firefighters were injured from the incident.

“It's been great team work,” Ormond said, adding this is why mutual aid is so important.

Police, who taped off the area around the Jeep, said crowds were a factor as numerous residents gathered along New York Street to oversee the activity.

Some residents believe the two fires were connected and possibly suspicious, but Ormond said it's too early to tell as the investigation began just before 11:30 p.m.


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