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Plaistow fish market owner plans to rebuild after blaze

By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent

September 17. 2018 9:28PM
Donahue's Fish Market in Plaistow was heavily damaged in a weekend fire. (Jason Schreiber)



PLAISTOW — The owner of Donahue’s Fish Market plans to reopen after a devastating weekend fire, but it likely won’t happen for several months.

The fish market, located at 20 Plaistow Road (Route 125), sustained heavy damage in the blaze that broke out in the kitchen area early Saturday morning.

Co-owner Mark Donahue said the fire department suspects the fire was caused by an electrical problem.

“We’ve got extensive damage and it’ll be quite some time before we reopen,” he said, adding that the market, which opened in 1979, has about six employees who will be affected by the closure.

Donahue and Jennifer Marois, the market’s other co-owner, spent Monday sifting through the debris, meeting with insurance agents and getting the fish out of the soot-covered glass cases before they decayed.

Donahue and Marois praised the firefighters from Plaistow and several surrounding towns for their quick response.

“The fire department did and amazing job. They were here so quick,” Marois said.

The market had closed around 7 p.m. Friday, but Rack’s Bar and Grill, which is a separate business located upstairs, was still open.

Rack’s owner Richard Leclair said he and several customers smelled smoke around 12:30 a.m. as Leclair was preparing to close for the night. The smoke quickly began to fill the building.

“It was very fortunate that most people had left,” he said.

Leclair, who called 911, said his smoke detectors didn’t go off until the smoke began to billow inside his bar.

Leclair said his business, which opened in 2013 and has three employees, is also temporarily closed and he’s not sure how long it will take before it can reopen. The bar sustained significant smoke damage and is without power and water as the plumbing located downstairs was damaged in the fire.

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