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October 14, 2017 Building Fire - 19 New Searles Road
Prepared by: Deputy Chief KARL P GERHARD
Incident type: Building Fire
Incident date: 10/14/2017
Time of Incident: 0802
Incident Location: 19 NEW SEARLES RD
Incident Commander: Deputy Chief Karl P. Gerhard
Number of NFR Engines in response: 4
Number of NFR Ladder trucks in response: 2
Other NFR apparatus in response: Command Vehicle
Number of NFR personnel in response: 26
First NFR unit on scene: Engine 3
Nashua Fire Rescue received a report of building fire with an occupant believed trapped at the address listed above at 08:02 this morning. Engine 3, Ladder 3, Engine 6, and the Deputy Chief were initially dispatched to the incident. Engine 1 was dispatched as the Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) for fire fighter safety. Engine 3 arrived with heavy smoke showing from a split level single family residence. The officer of Engine 3 was met with an occupant reporting a person trapped in a front bedroom. Engine 3 declared a “working fire” and Engine 2 and Ladder 2 were dispatched to the scene. Engine 3’s crew immediately made entry to the home for search and rescue of the area of the reported trapped occupant while simultaneously stretching a hose line to attack the fire. Ladder 3 arrived and ventilated the building via removal of all windows and also began a search of the building. Engine 6 arrived and the driver assisted Engine 3 in establishing a water supply from a nearby hydrant while the crew stretched a second hose line to knock down heavy fire from a three season porch area on the second level of the home. Engine 2 and Ladder 2 arrived and assisted with search, ventilation, and fire extinguishment.
The bulk of the fire was extinguished and the incident under control in 14 minutes. All searches were negative and the occupant in question was soon located outside the home. No occupants or members of Nashua Fire Rescue were injured during the incident. The home suffered heavy fire damage to 1/3 of the second floor. The remainder of the home suffered heavy heat and smoke damage and the building is uninhabitable. The Red Cross was notified of 3 displaced occupants, only 1 needing services. AMR ambulance stood by as a precaution.
Was detection equipment present, did it function, and did it alert occupants (CO / smoke detectors)? Unknown as of press release, occupant interviews currently in progress to determine.
Accomplishments: Rapid extinguishment of heavy fire involving approximately one third of the second floor.
Special Hazards encountered: Live house power lines burned off home and dropped into area fire fighters working in. All members made aware and cleared this area just prior.
Injuries (number of, gender, general severity): None.
Number of persons transported to medical facilities (NFR members and/or public): None. Investigation status: Under investigation by the City of Nashua Fire Marshal’s office. Please direct investigation update inquiries to that office.
Public Service Announcement: October is fire prevention month – make sure you have a fire escape plan, have identified two ways out, working smoke detectors and have PRACTICED your plan.
Attached photo credit to Patrick Kerrigan.