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On May 20, 2021 at 23:23 hours, Nashua Fire Rescue was dispatched to a reported building fire at 14 Cedar Street. Fire alarm operators reported that they were receiving multiple calls for a fire in a building at the listed address with occupants trapped.

Ladder 1 from the Amherst Street fire station arrived on scene first and reported heavy fire showing from a 3 story, multiple unit building. The main body of fire at that time was concentrated in the rear of the building on the second floor and exterior porch areas. The fire was so intense that the vinyl siding on 16 Cedar Street and garage to the rear of the fire building, was melting.

NFR personnel quickly deployed hose lines and ladders to search the building for occupants. These searches revealed that all occupants had self-evacuated prior to the arrival of NFR units. NFR personnel determined later that there were a total of 8 people at home occupying 3 dwelling units at the time of the fire.

As the fire spread to the 3rd floor and attic area of the building, a 3rd Alarm was requested and all NFR apparatus joined the effort. The fire was brought under control within 1 hour and no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

No injuries to emergency personnel

Number of NFR Engines in response: 6
Number of NFR Ladder trucks in response: 3
Other NFR apparatus in response: Special Hazards
Number of NFR personnel in response: 45

Incident Commander: Deputy Chief James Kirk/Chief Brian Rhodes
Personnel Called Back / Platoons: Deputy Chief/Safety Officer/Chief of Department/Assistant Chief/Mechanic/Fire Marshal’s Office
First Unit on Scene: Nashua Fire Rescue (NFR) Ladder 1

©Jeffrey Hastings
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