Mar 4, 2015 3:53 PM
MANCHESTER - An afternoon fire left seven people homeless Wednesday afternoon.
Crews responded to 22 Mitchell St. at about 1:45 p.m. after a man in an apartment on the bottom floor of the home reported the fire.
Fire officials said the man had heard the smoke detector going off in the apartment in the morning but waited to call.
The are four apartments in the building, and officials believe the fire started in the kitchen of the upstairs apartment on the right-hand side.
The blaze gutted that apartment, and the unit below it is also uninhabitable because of smoke and water damage.
A dog had to be given oxygen and the scene and it was rushed to the Manchester Animal Hospital in Hooksett. Fire officials were unsure if the dog lived and a doctor at the hospital said information about the dog couldn't be release until the owners had been found.
One firefighter had to be taken to the hospital for an ankle injury.
The Red Cross is assisting the families. The damage is estimated to be about $70,000.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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