N.H. Man Dies, Lt. Hurt in Apartment Building Fire

A fire in Manchester early Friday morning killed an occupant of three story apartment building. A fire lieutenant suffered a knee injury during the battle.


A man who lived on the top floor of a three-story apartment building was killed when a fast moving fire destroyed his home and sent seven other occupants out into the frigid cold night.

According to local television station WMUR Channel 9, the fire was first reported early Friday morning and an engine was on the scene within two minutes of getting the call, but it was already too late.

There were five apartments total in the building, according to the television station and the building is considered a total loss. No cause has been determined, but investigators say it started on the top floor where the man who was killed lived.

Manchester Fire Chief James Burkush told the television station fire companies entered the building and recovered the man's body. Tenants on the second floor woke up to the sound of smoke detectors sounding and started alerting other residents of the building, according to the television station report.

The fire, which was on Joliette Street, displaced five adults and two children, all of whom were helped by American Red Cross workers, the station reported.

During the fire fight, a lieutenant injured his knee and was taken to the local hospital for treatment, according to WMUR.

The state's Fire Marshal's office has been called in to investigate the blaze.