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February 3, 2018; Building Fire, 111 East Hobart Street


Prepared by: Deputy Chief GEORGE A WALKER
Incident type: Building Fire
Incident date: 02/03/2018
Time of Incident: 0156
Incident Location: 111 EAST HOBART ST
Property Owners Name:
Property Owners Address:
Incident Commander: Deputy Chief George Walker
Number of NFR Engines in response: 4
Number of NFR Ladder trucks in response: 2
Other NFR apparatus in response:
Number of NFR personnel in response: 26
First NFR unit on scene: Engine 2
Was detection equipment present, did it function, and did it alert occupants (CO / smoke detectors)? Yes

Nashua Fire Rescue responded for a report of a house fire @ 01:56 am. A single phone call to Nashua Fire Alarm reported a fire in the home. Engine 2 from the Lake St. station arrived on scene of a 1-1/2 story single family home with smoke showing from the roof ridge line and soffits, and fire venting from the rear. Crews quickly stretched 2 1-3/4" hose lines to the second floor. Crews found heavy fire in the rear dormer and knee wall of the home. A primary search was performed to ensure that all occupants had safely evacuated the home. This search confirmed that the 2 occupants had safely evacuated the home prior to our arrival. Crews were able to knock the bulk of the fire down with 2 hose lines. Extensive overhaul was required to open up walls and ceilings to get to the seat of the fire. There were no injuries reported. The home is uninhabitable at this time.

​The fire is under investigation by the Nashua Fire Marshals Office.
Special Hazards encountered: Cold temperatures caused water run off to freeze, making operating around the scene hazardous.
Injuries (number of, gender, general severity): None
Number of persons transported to medical facilities (NFR members and/or public): None Investigation status: Under investigation by the Nashua Fire Marshals Office.
Public Service Announcement: Smoke Detectors save lives!

For a general description of Nashua Fire Rescue and additional information concerning the municipality please visit http://www.nashuafire.com.

Photos Courtesy of Patrick Kerrigan

January 7, 2018 2nd Alarm Building Fire - 93 Lock Street


Prepared by: Deputy Chief Karl P Gerhard

Incident type: 2nd Alarm Building Fire
Incident date: 01/07/2018
Time of Incident: 0915
Incident Location: 93 LOCK ST
Incident Commander: Deputy Chief Karl P Gerhard
Number of NFR Engines in response: 6
Number of NFR Ladder trucks in response: 2
Other NFR apparatus in response: Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief, Air Supply unit, Fire Mechanics, Fire Marshals, Safety Officer, & AMR ambulance.
Number of NFR personnel in response: 40
First NFR unit on scene: Deputy Fire Chief

Situation Encountered: NFR was dispatched to a reported building fire discovered by a passing Nashua Police Officer. Enroute, a working fire response was ordered due to the large volume of smoke visible to the Deputy Chief upon exiting the East Hollis Street Fire Station.

​ On scene NFR found heavy fire in a1 ½ story approximately 30’x30’ single family home. NPD officers on scene reported an elderly occupant was inside the building and a second occupant had re-entered the fire building to attempt to rescue the elderly occupant. Multiple NPD officers were attempting to reach the trapped occupant but were forced back by fire conditions. NPD was able to locate the second occupant who re-entered the building and evacuate them safely with no injury to officers or this occupant.

​NFR companies made a very aggressive interior attack to reach the occupant believed to be trapped. NFR companies reported hoarding conditions inside the residence were causing difficulty in advancing in the building and also limiting hose stream reach to extinguish fire. This greatly reduced the speed at which the fire fighters could knock down the fire and make progress to the occupant believed trapped.

​ A second alarm was ordered approximately 16 minutes into the incident bringing additional manpower and equipment to the scene and mutual aid to cover city stations. A female occupant was located in the first floor and removed via a first floor window by NFR. She was initially transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua by AMR ambulance and subsequently to Mass General with serious injuries. Several pets were also located but were determined to be deceased.

​ Companies continued attacking the fire for 90 minutes before the incident was declared under control. The building in likely a total loss resulting in all occupants being displaced (believed to be 3-4 occupants).

​ The cause is under investigation by the City of Nashua Fire Marshal’s office in conjunction with the State of NH Fire Marshal’s office.
Was detection equipment present, did it function, and did it alert occupants (CO / smoke detectors)? Unknown. No detectors were sounding during any part of the incident.
Rescues: Two persons removed. 1 ambulatory male removed by NPD, 1 trapped elderly female removed by NFR.

Accomplishments: Victim rescue under heavy fire conditions. No injuries to first responders. Special Hazards encountered: Hoarding conditions resulting in heavy fire load and made for difficult access into the fire building to advance personnel and hose lines. This also resulted in limited hose stream reach which greatly hampered the rate at which NFR could extinguish the fire. Temperatures resulted in icing conditions and frozen equipment which also created a hazardous working environment. Public works was notified and provided a sander for the scene. Injuries (number of, gender, general severity): 1 female, serious injury.
Number of persons transported to medical facilities (NFR members and/or public): 1 civilian, no fire responders.
Investigation status: The cause is under investigation by the City of Nashua Fire Marshal’s office in conjunction with the State of NH Fire Marshal’s office.

​Please contact the City of Nashua Fire Marshal’s office with questions pertaining to the status of the victim or investigation. Public Service Announcement: Do not re-enter a building on fire for rescue purposes – get out, and stay out. Meet first responders upon their arrival and give them this information of how many people you suspect trapped and where you believe them to be located. This information is vital for first responders to have and greatly assists them in locating fire victims. Becoming another victim additionally taxes first responders. Always have and maintain 2 exits from your home that can be utilized in the event of fire. This means shoveling snow from exits during this season. Have a working smoke detector on each level of your home and sleeping areas.

​ For a general description of Nashua Fire Rescue and additional information concerning the municipality please visit http://www.nashuafire.com.

December 20, 2017 Building Fire - 8 Dearborn Street

Prepared by: Deputy Chief GEORGE A WALKER

Incident type: Building Fire
Incident date: 12/20/2017
Time of Incident: 0351
Incident Location: 8 DEARBORN ST
Property Owners Name:
Property Owners Address:
Incident Commander: Deputy Chief George Walker
Number of NFR Engines in response: 2
Number of NFR Ladder trucks in response: 1
Other NFR apparatus in response: 1
Number of NFR personnel in response: 14
First NFR unit on scene: E2

​ Nashua Fire Rescue responded for a report of an extinguished fire by the occupant of 8 Dearborn St. On arrival Engine 2 reported that they had an extinguished small fire in a small 4ft x4ft entry way. The occupant stated she had stomped the fire out with her foot. Fire was contained to a small pile of newspapers, a cardboard box, and a small electric heater. Occupant suffered minor burns to her feet and possible smoke inhalation and was transported to SNHMC for evaluation.

​The Nashua Fire Marshals Office is investigating the cause. Minor damage done to the building and no occupants were displaced.
Injuries (number of, gender, general severity): 1 Occupant treated for burns and possible smoke inhalation, and transported to SNHMC.
Number of persons transported to medical facilities (NFR members and/or public): 1 Investigation status: Under investigation by the Nashua Fire Marshals Office

​ For a general description of Nashua Fire Rescue and additional information concerning the municipality please visit http://www.nashuafire.com.