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Mar 12, 2016 10:21 AM

Firefighters battle two-alarm blaze in Manchester


MANCHESTER - Firefighters fought a two-alarm fire on Wellington Hill Road Saturday that forced several residents out into the early morning cold.

District Chief Al Poulin said a passerby noticed fire at the home around 6:30 a.m. Saturday and subsequently a homeowner called to report a blaze in the rear of the home.

Poulin said once the crews determined no one was left inside they brought hoses inside to attack the flames.

The city’s first responding unit, Engine 10, discovered heavy fire in the rear of the first floor.

“The fire had actually made it up to the second floor into the roof sector,” Poulin said. "The entire second floor ceiling area had to be pulled.”

First responder vehicles blocked the street and neighbors stood outside and watched firefighters work to cut into the home’s roof and clear the thick smoke from the building.

The building was also home to three tenants, according to one of the tenants who wished to remain unidentified. He stood across the street, wearing a borrowed sweatshirt and watched firefighters go in and out of the home.

“Someone rang the doorbell about quarter to six. They were ringing it like crazy and said your house is on fire. I just woke everybody up and called the fire department,” he said.

No one was injured, but there is major damage to the home.


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