May 28, 2015 11:54 AM
MERRIMACK - Fifty residents are without a home after a fire tore through a Merrimack apartment building early Thursday.
“My son woke up in the middle of the night and when I went to his crib to check on him I saw this big orange light. It was a fire and I called 9-1-1,” said Patricia Wilson who lives at the apartments at London Court.
At about 3:30 a.m., the fire alarms and smoke detectors went off in the buildings. Merrimack firefighters were on the scene shortly after.
“They came into my building and before you knew it, firefighters were knocking on every door yelling, ‘get out’ and so we had to leave,” said Meagan Turner, who lives next to the building that caught fire.
Officials said everyone was able to get out, and there were no serious injuries reported. One woman went to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation.
“It was my fiancé,” said Casey Kohut, who lives in the apartment where the fire started. “She’s OK now but it was the scariest thing. We woke up, grabbed our daughter and all you could see was smoke and flames.”
Fire officials said it appears that the fire started on a third-floor porch, but they haven't determined the cause.
“I tried to run back inside for our cat. That was a bad idea and two firefighter’s stopped me,” said Kohut.
Firefighters were able to recover the cat, who was put on oxygen and is fine. Officials told NH1 News the entire building of about 50 apartments had to be evacuated. Until further notice, the tenants are not allowed back in.
The rental offices are working with tenants to find them temporary housing. The cause is still under investigation.
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