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Hampton condo fire leaves resident burned, bloodied

Union Leader Correspondent

March 20. 2018 10:07PM
Hampton Fire Chief Jameson Ayotte and Police Chief Rich Sawyer look into the condo where a fire broke out Tuesday morning. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

HAMPTON — A fire Tuesday morning at Crossway Terrace Condominium Complex left a man with serious burns.

Firefighters were called to Unit 4 of the 454 Winnacunnet Road complex after 6 a.m. for a fire and a man who was burned.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

“There are circumstances that need to be investigated at this point,” Police Chief Rich Sawyer said moments after arriving at the scene. Two police vehicles were parked outside the unit and a basketball court in the center of the complex was taped off.

Blood could be seen in the snow piles around the basketball court, where the victim was treated before being rushed to the hospital.

Police identified the victim as Ryan Scheyer, 24; property records list Scheyer as the owner of the condo.

He was in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital, a hospital spokesman said Tuesday afternoon.

Fire Chief Jameson Ayotte said it’s standard practice for police to be called when an incident involves an injured victim.

The fire, which caused moderate damage to the unit, was knocked down quickly after firefighters arrives, Sawyer said.

Neighbor Debra Bernier said she was on her iPad when she heard a noise outside and opened her door and stepped out.

“I smelled smoke and I could see the flames. I immediately called 911,” she said.

Bernier feared Scheyer was inside but soon spotted him outside on the basketball court.

She said he was bloody and appeared to have suffered serious burns.

“I grabbed a blanket out of my car that I had and I threw it on him and I kneeled down next to him and told him help was on the way. He was really not with it. He was thrashing and threw the blanket off,” Bernier said.

Ayotte said he didn’t know the extent of the man’s injuries.

The man’s condition was not known Tuesday morning.

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