Damage to home in city blaze

NASHUA – A mobile home in a southwest Nashua park sustained extensive damage late Sunday night in a fire that officials say may have been caused by an electrical problem.

Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Glen MacDonald said Monday that nobody was home when flames broke out shortly after 11 p.m. at 3 Sunset Lane, which is in the River Pines Mobile Home Park off West Hollis Street.

MacDonald said the crew of Engine 6, which was first on the scene, reported a working fire and immediately conducted what he described as "an aggressive interior attack" with a 13/4-inch hoseline.

Firefighters on Engine 2 arrived a moment later, and pulled another 13/4-inch hoseline in order to work their way inside to search for any occupants, MacDonald said.

Meanwhile, a ladder truck crew forced entry in order to shut off the propane supply to the mobile home, then joined in the search for potential occupants.

After crews determined nobody was home, they turned their attention to extinguishing the remaining flames.

Two other engines were set up to relay water from the nearest hydrant, which MacDonald said is on West Hollis Street about 2,000 feet from the scene.

While the bulk of the fire was in the kitchen area, where it caused heavy damage, MacDonald said the blaze also caused heat and smoke damage to the entire home.

While a preliminary investigation pointed to an electrical problem as the cause of the fire, MacDonald said, members of the state fire marshal’s office are continuing their investigation.

In all, 22 NFR members responded to the blaze, he added. No injuries were reported.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.