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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blaze damages Nashua apartment building early Wednesday

NASHUA – Water from activated sprinkler heads kept the bulk of an early-morning fire in an apartment building storage area in check until firefighters arrived, entered and attacked the blaze, officials said.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which was reported just before 3 a.m. Wednesday at 11 Blackstone Drive, part of the Laurel Oaks mid-rise condo community off Amherst Street. ...

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NASHUA – Water from activated sprinkler heads kept the bulk of an early-morning fire in an apartment building storage area in check until firefighters arrived, entered and attacked the blaze, officials said.

No injuries were reported in the fire, which was reported just before 3 a.m. Wednesday at 11 Blackstone Drive, part of the Laurel Oaks mid-rise condo community off Amherst Street.

The blaze was the second working fire in about five hours Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Crews were called around 11 p.m. Tuesday to a building fire on Palm Street, which damaged the upper floors of a multi-unit apartment building and sent one woman to a hospital with minor injuries.

Nashua Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Karl Gerhard said Engine 5 out of Airport Fire Station was first on the scene of the Blackstone Drive blaze. The crew reported smoke coming from the first floor tenant storage area, and upon forcing entry were met with heavy smoke.

They traced the root of the fire to “a maze of storage lockers” and were able to extinguish the flames in short order.

Smoke detectors alerted residents, who had evacuated the building as firefighters arrived, Gerhard said. The Salvation Army of Greater Nashua’s emergency disaster services sent a crew to the scene, while Nashua Transit buses were called in to shelter residents while firefighters battled the fire.

Gerhard said the fire remains under investigation by the city Fire Marshal’s office and police officials.

Flames were contained to the storage area, with little impact on the apartments themselves, Gerhard said. Some water damage was reported, but most residents were able to return home by Wednesday.

--DEAN SHALHOUP