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Three-alarm blaze forces evacuation of baptist church in Nashua

NASHUA – More than five dozen people were forced to evacuate from Heritage Baptist Church at 103 Lock St. on Sunday, when the building caught fire during an evening service.

Pastor Larry Hileman said about 68 people were sitting in the pews for the 6 p.m. service when fire alarms began to sound. ...

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NASHUA – More than five dozen people were forced to evacuate from Heritage Baptist Church at 103 Lock St. on Sunday, when the building caught fire during an evening service.

Pastor Larry Hileman said about 68 people were sitting in the pews for the 6 p.m. service when fire alarms began to sound.

The group safely evacuated the building and watched as fire companies from Nashua arrived to tackle the three-alarm blaze.

“Thank God we all got out safe,” said Richard Corrigan, a Hudson resident who has attended the church for about six years.

The fire was reported shortly before 7 p.m. It spread through the upper floor of the building before it was extinguished roughly one hour later.

Firefighters cut holes in two sections of the roof to help ventilate the building, sending smoke and flames into the air as church members – some dressed in shirts and ties – watched in the parking lot.

About 50 firefighters responded to the scene, which also drew a few dozen spectators.

Nashua Fire Rescue Chief Brian Morrissey said firefighters encountered moderate fire conditions inside the building. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters from Tyngsborough, Mass., were called to relieve crews from Nashua after the flames were out.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday evening. The extent of the damage had yet to be determined.

“The main thing that we care about is that everybody is OK,” Hileman said. “A church is not a building. A church is the people, so the church is actually still right here.”

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 594-6589 or jhaddadin@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Haddadin on Twitter (@Telegraph_JimH).