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February 28. 2014 6:58AM

Man dies in Derry blaze

DERRY - A man died Friday morning when fire swept through his 357 Island Pond Road home.

The blaze was called in about 1 a.m. by a passing motorist who saw flames coming from the roof of the single family home. Heavy flames prevented the first fire crews, on scene within three minutes of the call, from entering the burning home.

An automobile, parked in the driveway, was an indicator that someone was inside, so firefighters used ground ladders and thermal imaging cameras to look into windows in an attempt to find anyone but firefighters couldn't see anyone and the cameras did not pick up on anything, according to a news release issued by the Derry Fire Department.

Once flames were beaten down, firefighters entered the home to search for the resident. They found him deceased inside the home along with a dog.

It took firefighters about 90 minutes, until just after 2:30 a.m., to get the blaze under control.


According to Battalion Chief Michael Gagnon, initial crews did not hear any smoke detectors sounding. That will be part of the overall investigation into the fire, along with trying to determine where and how the fire started.

The home is a total loss.

What caused the fire is unknown and under investigation by the Derry Fire Prevention Bureau, Derry police, and the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office.

The home was in an area of town where there are no hydrants, so water was brought to the scene in tankers from Derry and surrounding communities. Crews also were hampered because of extreme cold that froze their self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), Still, no firefighter was injured during the incident.

The Salvation Army provided rehabilitation services for firefighters and investigators.

Salem Fire Department provided automatic aid while mutual aid was provided by surrounding communities including Londonderry, Hudson, Pelham, Manchester, Auburn, Atkinson, Hampstead, Windham and Chester. Off-duty Derry personnel were recalled to their stations. Station coverage was provided by Raymond, Kingston, Hooksett and Hampstead.


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