Apr 9, 2017 6:26 PM
Manchester firefighters respond to multiple fires, say one was set intentionally
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Fire Department responded to two separate fires on Sunday, one right after the other.
Manchester Fire said they first responded to a one-alarm building fire at 283 Huse Rd at about 1:47 p.m. They reported that the owner of the home was performing some welding on an older vehicle in an attached two stall garage when he took a break and went into his home for several minutes.
Fire officials said when he returned to the garage he saw the vehicle in flames. The fire began to spread and engulf the garage.
Mitchell Mullen and Jordan St. Armand happened to be passing by in a pickup truck when they saw the fire and stopped to assist the man.
The owner attached a tow chain to the flaming vehicle, and the pickup truck was used to pull the vehicle out of the garage, preventing further damage to the home.
Officials said the vehicle was totaled and that the garage sustained roughly $5,000 worth of damage before being extinguished. They said the cause of the fire was determined to be accidental.
Manchester Fire then responded to a separate one-alarm fire at an apartment building located at 122-124 Eastern Ave at about 2:43 p.m.
Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a fire in the basement of the 24-unit apartment building. They extinguished the fire and made sure it didn't spread to any other parts of the building.
Following an investigation, the Manchester Fire Marshall's Office determined that the fire was set intentionally by igniting trash.
Officials said the investigation is ongoing, and they are concerned that someone would choose a large, occupied apartment complex to maliciously start a fire.