N.H. Apt. Building Fire Displaces 15 Residents


Fire officials in Laconia said 15 people were displaced after a three-alarm fire broke out at their apartment building late Tuesday night.

The flames broke out shortly before midnight at an apartment building at the corner of Sheridan and School Streets, officials said. Authorities said no one was injured in the fire.

Laconia fire Chief Kenneth Erickson said at around 11:45 p.m., the apartment building at 158 School Street caught fire.

There are seven apartments in the building that houses around 15 tenants. Everyone made it out safely by the time crews responded, fire officials said.

Erickson said the building use to be two separate houses 50 to 60 years ago, and it was that fact that helped slow flames overnight.

The fire chief said a sparkler started the fire under the building's porch. Flames reached a propane tank which fueled the fire even more.

Early Wednesday morning, firefighters were still trying to get in contact with all of the tenants to talk to them and ask them what they saw.

Erickson said not all of the tenants were cooperative and one person was even arrested.

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