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Officials say fire in historic building on Sununu Youth Services Center campus is arson
Firefighters battle a fire in an unoccupied building at the John H. Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester early Sunday morning. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
The call came in around 2 a.m. as the flames roared high above the historic structure; firefighters battled the blaze for several hours. Gamache said the task was made more difficult because the building has been boarded up tightly for years. The wooden panels covering the south face of the building were still in place late Sunday morning after the last of the firefighters left around 9:20 a.m.
Fire officials estimated damage at $250,000.
The building had no electricity or other utilities, fire officials said.
According to a YDC assessment study in 2006, the 25,000-square-foot building that bears Wilkins’ name remained in use until it was closed in 1976-77. It fell into disrepair over the decades as the state considered options.
The Sununu Center is part of the state Department of Health and Human Services. Department spokeswoman Kris Neilsen said Sunday that the state had maintained the historic structure, but there were no plans for renovations.
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