Firefighter suffers non-life threatening injury in NH blaze that destroys home

Firefighter suffers non-life threatening injury in NH blaze that destroys home

MANCHESTER, N.H. — One firefighter suffered non-life threatening injuries while battling a house fire in Manchester, New Hampshire, early Sunday morning.

The resident, who called 911, was taken to an area hospital to be checked out.

Seven fire engines, three ladders and one rescue company arrived at 314 Walnut Street around 3:45 a.m. and had the fire under control by 4:20 a.m. The house was a total loss.

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The person living in the home called 911 when their two-story, two-family home was fully engulfed on the south side and the back of the house.

The first engine at the scene immediately entered the first floor to search for people trapped inside in zero visibility conditions. Additional crews helped battle the flames and search.

Other crews saved the homes on either side from significant damage at those started to catch fire. Residents evacuated but were able to return to their homes after the fire was put out.

Live electrical power lines on the ground in the alley made fighting the fire more challenging when crews arrived.

The resident was driven to a local hospital after being exposed to smoke and the fire. The Red Cross is assisting them with temporary housing.

The estimated damage to the home is $250,000 and the cause of the fire is under investigation.