photo courtesty Brian Blackden

Mar 29, 2016 3:15 PM

Residents escape onto porch roof, get help from passerby during Concord apartment fire

CONCORD - A passing motorist came to aid of several people when their apartment building caught fire on Broadway on Tuesday morning.

Two residents evacuated through a second-story window onto a porch roof and climbed down from there. Meanwhile a passing motorist helped a third person down from the roof and helped carry a 6-year-old child from the building after alerting another resident to the fire, according to Fire Chief Dan Andrus.

The two-alarm fire was reported at 20-22 Broadway just after 9 a.m. The location is across from one of the city's fire stations but fire crews were at a training with the Concord police on active shooter situations. Firefighters from several neighboring communities were covering Concord's fire stations during the training and were the first to respond.

A second alarm brought firefighters from seven other towns to respond to the blaze which struck the rear of the three-story building and was spreading into the attic. Firefighters also had high winds to contend with as they brought hoses up the staircase inside and used a tower ladder truck to get at the roof, opening up the attic.

The fire was deemed under control within 30 minutes, Andrus said, but firefighters remained on the scene and Broadway remained closed for several hours.

A total of 11 people lived in the home, which dated back to 1850 and included three apartments. Andrus said all of the residents have found housing with friends or relatives.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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