Early morning fire displaces six in NashuaBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
September 20. 2013 9:32AM
NASHUA -- Six people were displaced following a two-alarm fire early Friday morning at a home on South Groton Street in downtown Nashua.
The fire at 7 South Groton St. was reported around 3:15 a.m. on Friday, according to fire officials, who said heavy smoke was visible when emergency crews arrived on the scene.
"The fire conditions did prove some difficulties since the fire was inside of the walls," said Deputy Fire Chief Michael O'Brien. "We quickly went to a second alarm."
Fire eventually spread from the basement to the attic of the 2 ½ story wood structure, according to O'Brien, who said the blaze was mostly contained to the wall joists.
"We had to open up the wall and chase the hidden fire," he explained.
All six occupants escaped the fire unharmed, and no firefighters were injured battling the blaze. The fire was under control within an hour, according to O'Brien.
The home is currently uninhabitable, and the occupants are seeking assistance from the American Red Cross to find temporary housing, most likely at an area hotel, said the deputy chief.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. O'Brien said it does not appear to be suspicious, but the city's fire marshal is investigating. The origin of the fire also is still trying to be determined, he said.
Providing station coverage during the fire were crews from Hudson, Manchester and Merrimack fire departments.
The names of the occupants were not immediately released on Friday morning, however city property records identify the homeowners as Paul and Manon Tanguay.