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Long before COVID-19, Alvirne was closed for entire year following another kind of disaster

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Writer | Sep 12, 2020
Dean Shalhoup

Longtime reporter, columnist and photographer, is back doing what he does best ñ chronicling the people and history of Nashua. Reaching 40 years with The Telegraph in September, Deanís insights have a large, appreciative following.
Courtesy photo Roaring flames race through Alvirne High School in Hudson on Sept. 8, 1974.
Courtesy photo A ladder truck crew from Nashua sets up shortly after rolling up to the general alarm fire at Alvirne High School in 1974.
Courtesy photo A ladder truck crew from Nashua helps douse hot spots hours after the general alarm fire that destroyed Alvirne High school in 1974 was brought under control.
Courtesy photo There wasn't much these four firefighters could do with a two-inch hoseline as they wait for additional crews to battle the roaring blaze that eventually consumed Alvirne High School on Sept. 8, 1974.
Telegraph file photo An aerial photo taken by former Telegraph photographer Don Dillaby from a Nashua Aviation plane shows the remains of Alvirne High School with firefighters still dousing hot spots hours after the fire was brought under control.
The Nashua Telegraph's front page of Sept. 9, 1974, broadcasts the stunning news about the Sept. 8 fire that destroyed Alvirne High School.


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