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Suspicious fire investigated at Nashua veterans' residence

NASHUA -- Fire crews quickly extinguished a suspicious fire Tuesday afternoon at the Dalianis House, which provides transitional housing for 40 homeless veterans.

The fire was reported just before 2 p.m. on the fifth floor of the 59 Factory St. building. Firefighters encountered moderate smoke when they reached the fifth floor and located the fire in the kitchen. Sprinklers were working, but additional crews were called to the scene to help put out the "working fire," according to a news release issued by Deputy Chief Michael O'Brien Sr. of Nashua Fire Rescue.

The building was evacuated and no one was injured.

Nashua Fire Marshal Office investigators are trying to determine the fire's cause.

The building had smoke and water damage, but residents were expected to return, and no off-site housing was anticipated.

The Dalianis House opened in 2010 after the building, the former home of Avery Furniture, was renovated.

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