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Fire eats mass of vehicles at Concord building
All that’s left is rubble and timbers after a fire at a storage building on Hall Street in Concord early Thursday morning. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Fire Chief Daniel Andrus said a “very rough” damage estimate is more than $1 million. A gasoline tanker parked outside that went up in flames is a total loss, at $500,000, he said.
Andrus said the replacement cost for the 30- by 300-foot building, which was constructed in 1980, is $327,420, according to city records.
Five mechanics were working in another building at the Kenworth dealership, located at 24 Hall St., which operates nearly 24 hours a day. One of them looked out to see an orange glow in the sky and immediately called 911, Andrus said.
A gasoline tanker truck located a few feet from the building also was engulfed by flames. Andrus said the cab was completely destroyed.
“My eyes didn’t pop out of my head but they got very, very big,” he said of the damaged tanker.
A building located across railroad tracks from the storage building was exposed to intense heat as were several vehicles located just outside the building. Fire crews set up elevated master streams and hose lines to surround and drown the fire, bringing it under control after 2 a.m. At one point, fire crews were pouring several thousand gallons of water per minute on the flames, Andrus said.
Three investigators from the Concord Fire Department have been joined by staff from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Concord Police Department, Andrus said this afternoon. A team of three investigators is trying determine how and where the fire started.
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