Blaze rips through Nashua apartments

NASHUA – A four alarm fire in an apartment complex on Bay Ridge Drive left around 80 people displaced from their homes Sunday, according to Mayor Jim Donchess.

The fire, which was reported just after 5 p.m., engulfed a large apartment building at 26 Bay Ridge Drive, where residents on the scene said a resident using a gas grill on a deck caused a blaze that spread across a building holding at least 24 apartments.

Fire crews were still on scene as of 8:30 p.m. and the exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The fire on an already-hot day required the assistance of around 75 firefighters from at least four companies, at least two of whom were treated at local hospitals for heat-related injuries.

No injuries were reported among apartment residents.

Donchess also said that some displaced residents without family in the area or renters insurance to cover the cost of a hotel would be housed in the Nashua High School South gymnasium for at least the night.

Representatives from the Red Cross and the Salvation Army were on scene to assist displaced apartment residents.

Matthew Medsger can be reached at 594-6531, mmedsger@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_MattM.