Police: Heroin overdose may have caused car fire, credit Geico employees for heroic actions
MANCHESTER - Police say a possible heroin overdose might have caused car fire prompting heroic actions by people nearby.
The fire broke out at about 2:45 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of 377 S. Willow St. in Manchester.
Police say a 1998 Volvo 570 was occupied by a 33-year-old from Hooksett and a 35-year-old from Manchester.
Police say Scott Hamel, Haroula Hamel, Jessica Graves and Katrina Kerra - all Geico employees - saw the vehicle in the parking lot and noticed the engine appeared to be extremely loud.
Scott Hamel approached the vehicle when they noticed both occupants were unresponsive. Hamel noted the passenger had "blue lips," so he pulled him from the vehicle. While doing so, they heard a loud "pop" and the engine shut down. The alleged "pop" sound may have caused an engine fire.
In a matter of seconds the cab of the vehicle began to fill with smoke. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Manchester Fire personnel doused the fire as AMR workers began performing CPR on both people. The people were treated with Narcan and brought to a local hospital. The two people may face criminal charges, so names are being withheld as police investigate.