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January 04. 2014 2:23PM

Attempt to thaw pipes sparks Derry fire


Derry Fire Captain/Paramedic Scott Haggart and Firefighter/EMT Tom Small preparing to enter the building and check for extension using a thermal imaging camera. (Courtesy of Paul McCallum)

DERRY - A landlord attempting to thaw frozen pipes with a propane torch sparked a fire that chased two families from a century-old house on Saturday morning, authorities said.

A woman living at the house at 5 Mt. Pleasant St. who has a history of respiratory problems developed shortness of breath outside and was taken to Parkland Medical Center, according to the fire department.

The American Red Cross helped five adults and two dogs with finding a place to stay, authorities said.

It took firefighters about an hour to bring the fire, reported at 8:49 a.m., under control.

Fire damage was limited mostly to the structure itself, and residents were able to recover the majority of their belongings.


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