New Hampshire

11 people displaced after a two house fire in Laconia N.H.

LACONIA, N.H. — Eleven people are displaced after an early morning 4-alarm house fire in Laconia on Sunday that also damaged an apartment building.

Laconia Fire Department responded to 17 Bay Street just before 2:30 a.m. to a two-alarm heavy fire, officials said.

“When companies first arrived on the scene they had heavy fire showing from the rear of a two-story single-family home with attached barn. A 3 story multi-family apartment house to the right of the main fire building, with the address of 11 Bay Street also had fire showing from the rear of the first floor,” said Laconia Fire Department Chief Kirk Beattie.

According to Beattie, all occupants were reported out of the house and accounted for after a search was conducted on both buildings. A total of 11 occupants are confirmed to be out safely but have been displaced. The landlords and Red Cross are assisting occupants.

Firefighters were on scene for hours Beattie said cold temperatures and wind off Lake Winnisquam made fighting the fire challenging.

“Due to the amount of fire and sub-freezing temperatures, a Third and Fourth Alarm was requested bringing in more apparatus and personnel from 19 departments to the scene and to cover Laconia Stations,” said Beattie.

One civilian was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but did not require transport. Three firefighters were injured from falling on the ice, but none required transport to the hospital.

The state fire marshal’s office is assisting with the investigation of the fire but it does not appear suspicious.

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