Milford, NH - Milford fire responded to a call for a fire at 25 Crosby St at approx 12:15 am Tuesday morning. On arrival they had heavy smoke and fire showing from the second floor of the occupied residence.
Fire crews quickly were facing slippery conditions with -10 wind chill and 5 degree temperatures but fortunate to have a working hydrant right in front of the house.
Fire crews did initial searches in the building and initial searches indicate all people got out of the building. Milford Ladder 1 set up in front of the building fighting the stubborn fire on the second floor which had extended to the walls, ceilings, attic and floors. Fire Fighters opened up exterior walls to access the fire in the old wood frame construction house.
Due to the cold temperatures a second-alarm was requested for manpower according to Milford Chief John Kelly Jr. Fire fighters were forced to rotate due to the cold exposure with some taking the time to warm inside the apparatus while others rotated into the fire fighting mode. Salvation Army rehab unit arrived on scene to serve residents and first responders to have warm drinks and take a break from the cold.
Chief Kelly advised the fire is still under investigation, the cause is undetermined at this time. There is nothing which leads to anything but accidental at this time.
Multiple towns responded mutual aid to the scene of the fire and also for station coverage
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