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  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Nashua firefighter douse a smoldering fire inside the old Mohawk Tannery Saturday afternoon, April 14, 2012.
  • Staff photo by BOB HAMMERSTROM


    Nashua firefighter douse a smoldering fire inside the old Mohawk Tannery Saturday afternoon, April 14, 2012.
Sunday, April 15, 2012

Former Mohawk Tannery sets ablaze again in Nashua

NASHUA – The former Mohawk Tannery, the site of several suspicious fires over recent years, set ablaze again Saturday.

Nashua Fire Fighters responded to the building, near the corner of Fairmount Street and Warsaw Avenue, about 3:15 p.m. to find rubbish on fire within the building.

Smoke and fire spit from the windows, but department officials have long determined not to try to salvage the building from the inside due to structural concerns. Instead, they fought the fire from the outside, squelching it within half an hour, according to Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Cronin.

No structural damage resulted from the fire, and no one was injured as the building was vacant at the time, Cronin said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though it is considered suspicious, he said.

“It’s just a very unsafe building. It’s structurally unsound, so had to work it from the outside,” Cronin said Saturday evening. “It’s just an old, old place. It’s not safe.”

The building has been the site of turmoil around the city for several years.

A group of men have used the property to drink and party for several years, and in 2009, the second of two suspicious fires prompted residents from the city’s Little Florida neighborhood to form a Crime Watch group to keep an eye on the area.

“This has been a thorn in the side of Ward 4 for many, many years,” Marc Plamondon, the Ward 4 Alderman, said at the time. “It’s been one situation after another in that area.”

The cleanup of the tannery was estimated to cost $20 million, Mayor Donnalee Lozeau said in 2009. Earlier this year, she said she would like to remove the vacant buildings and provide a pedestrian link there to Mine Falls Park.

Jake Berry can be reached at 594-6402 or jberry@nashuatelegraph.com.