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Feb 22, 2015 2:44 PM

'Dry boiler' starts fire in Manchester apartment complex


MANCHESTER - The Manchester Fire department recieved three phone calls Saturday at about 6:50 p.m. about a basement fire in an apartment complex.

But the building, located on 19 Prospect St. suffered from more than a basement fire. When fire fighters arrived on site, they found what they call a "dry boiler".

District Fire Chief Mark Pelletier was not on the scene but he said "a dry boiler is when a boiler runs out of water, causing the boiler to overheat.This can cause the system to overheat and melt cables".

Pelletier said that when fire fighters were in the basement they smelled wood burning.

Pelletier said fire fighters went outside and used a thermal camera to see if they could locate a fire.

Two stories up, a fire had smuthered itself out. Pelletier said that fire fighters poured water on the remains to make sure there were no hot spots.

Two residens occupy the apartment, but where not there. There were no injuries and the complex was evacuated.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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