Feb 13, 2016 12:42 PM

Dozens forced to evacuate as fire strikes apartment building in Manchester

MANCHESTER - A fire in a large apartment building on Concord Street led to the evacuation of dozens of people on Saturday morning in the freezing cold.

District Fire Chief Richard McGahey said there were 15 apartments and all were occupied when the building was evacuated as smoke became visible on the Dutton Street side.

A fire engine that had responded to an earlier call was right around the corner and able to attack the fire quickly, containing the damage to the west side of the building, McGahey said.

Most of the occupants were able to return to their apartments, but the Red Cross was called in to assist three families who will not be able to return immediately.

One firefighter was injured when his hand was crushed. McGahey said the firefighter was taken straight to the hospital, and McGahey had yet to learn exactly what had happened to cause the injury.

The fire appeared to have originated in a second-floor apartment, but he said the cause remains under investigation.

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