Franklin fire called 'suspicious'
One tenant suffered minor injuries outside the building as firefighters fought the blaze, which was reported by two neighbors at 5:33 p.m. Ten pets were saved by police and firefighters, said Fire Chief Kevin LaChapelle.
None of the building';s tenants were at home when the fire began, and investigators determined that the fire started in a vacant first-floor apartment.
';The apartment was vacant, and two subjects were seen fleeing the building at the time the fire started,'; LaChapelle said.
Upon arriving at the scene, firefighters from the Franklin and Tilton-Northfield fire departments found dark smoke coming from the second-floor windows, he said. They managed to contain the flames to the first-floor apartment, but smoke and flames caused damage in several parts of the building.
Fire crews quickly did a primary search of the building, opening all the apartment doors, he said. They didn';t find any tenants.
';But we did rescue five dogs, three cats, a rabbit and a parakeet,'; LaChapelle said.
The fire was brought under control within a half-hour.
LaChapelle said investigators from the Franklin';s fire and police departments are working with investigators from the state fire marshal';s office to identify the two men who fled the building.