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Fire renders parts of Nashua apartment building uninhabitable after flames doused Tuesday night

NASHUA – Fourteen people were forced from their homes and one person was taken to a local hospital as Nashua Fire Rescue fought a blaze late Tuesday night at 84 Palm St.

Firefighters report they arrived around 10 p.m. after initially being dispatched to the corner of Pine and West Hollis streets. Crews found flames coming from the top left floor of the 3 1⁄2-story, multi-family apartment building. All the residents had left the building. ...

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NASHUA – Fourteen people were forced from their homes and one person was taken to a local hospital as Nashua Fire Rescue fought a blaze late Tuesday night at 84 Palm St.

Firefighters report they arrived around 10 p.m. after initially being dispatched to the corner of Pine and West Hollis streets. Crews found flames coming from the top left floor of the 3 1⁄2-story, multi-family apartment building. All the residents had left the building.

An additional ladder truck, engine and firefighters were called to assist at the scene. The fire was extinguished and a female resident was taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.

Nashua Deputy Chief Kevin Kerrigan said Wednesday that it was a situation of typical urban firefighting, with challenging access to the building due to parked cars and overhead utility lines at the scene. Additional manpower, brought when the first firefighters reported a working fire, meant ground ladders could be placed around the building and additional help applied in getting hoses to the attic. There were four apartments in the building, the deputy chief said.

Kerrigan also said the building is balloon construction, typical to that period and location, which meant the fire can travel through the many voids in the building.

American Red Cross volunteers Karen Dudley, Michelle McFadden and Nancy Zahornasky responded to provide lodging and clothing to five adults and four children residing at the Palm Street apartment building.

The American Red Cross New Hampshire Disaster Action Team is comprised of volunteers who are available to respond at any time of day or night to disasters in their communities or surrounding towns provide disaster relief and emotional comfort to those affected by emergencies or disasters. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations.

The cause of Tuesday’s fire is under investigation.