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Firefighters clean up after putting out a fire at a home on South Mammoth Road in Manchester on Wednesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Attic fan suspected in Manchester house fire


MANCHESTER — A malfunctioning attic fan is suspected of causing a one-alarm fire Wednesday afternoon on South Mammoth Road, according to one of the homeowners, former Deputy Police Chief Paul Brodeur.

Brodeur and his wife, Shirley, were in their 904 South Mammoth Road home when the fire broke out at 3:24 p.m.

Both were out of the house when fire crews arrived seven minutes later. District Fire Chief Brendan Burns said the one-alarm fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes.

He said the cause remains under investigation but it appears to be accidental. Investigators are leaning towards an electrical cause, he said.

Burns said the fire was contained to the attic but the rest of the house was damaged by smoke and water.

Brodeur was with the Manchester police department for more than 20 years before retiring and then going to work as an investigator with the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, a position he held for about 21 years.


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