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August 20. 2014 12:01PM

Nashua firefighters put out two fires; 14 people forced out in Palm Street blaze

NASHUA — Firefighters late Wednesday night responded to multiple calls for a fire in a wood-frame, multi-family building at 84 Palm St.

The initial call came in just before 10 p.m. for a building in the area of Pine and West Hollis streets, but responding companies were directed to the correct address on Palm Street.

Firefighters who found heavy fire on the left side of the third floor of the three-and-a-half story building were able to quickly access and knock down the fire, which also was in the attic of the four-unit building.

All occupants of the building had escaped safely, although one woman with a medical problem was transported to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center by ambulance.

Fire officials said 14 people were displaced because fire and water damage forced power to be cut off.

Half the residents found their own alternate shelter and the Red Cross, working with the city’s Office of Emergency Management, worked to find shelter for seven others.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the city fire marshal’s office.

Much earlier Wednesday, the automatic sprinkler system in a first-floor resident storage area at the Laurel Oaks Condominium, 11 Blackstone Drive, was credited with slowing a fire.

When firefighters arrived at the condo in response to a 2:47 a.m. report they had to force entry into the storage area, which contained heavy smoke. The fire was located in what was described as a maze of storage lockers and extinguished.

The remainder of the building was searched, but all occupants had already left the building. There were no injuries reported.

Shortly after the reported building fire at 11 Blackstone, crews were told of alarms in the building at 9 Blackstone and located a malicious false alarm, a pull station activated by an unknown person. The city fire marshal and police are investigating the incidents.

City bus and the Salvation Army were asked to shelter residents while the incident was investigated by the fire marshal’s office.

The fire department said although no living space was heavily affected, there was minor water damage to living units immediately adjacent to the storage area.

The fire department said residents in those units should be able to return shortly.


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