Manchester, New Hampshire fire: One person dead

2023-04-15 11:35:55 By : Ms. Lisa Wang

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An investigation is underway in Manchester after a man was found dead following an early morning house fire. Agricultural Sprayer

Manchester, New Hampshire fire: One person dead

The fire broke out at a house on Leda Avenue on the city's east side just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. The Manchester Fire Department said a neighbor reported seeing flames coming from the home.

When crews arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the home, officials said.

"It appeared to be a kitchen fire. There was a report of one individual that lived in the building that was unaccounted for. Companies did do a search and rescue and located the gentleman. Brought him out. Unfortunately, he did succumb to the conditions of the building fire," Battalion Chief Ken Proulx, of the Manchester Fire Department, said.

Firefighters said the man was unconscious and not breathing when they found him.

The fire was under control around 3:15 a.m.

A firefighter suffered a minor hand injury, officials said.

Fire officials said it does not appear the home had working smoke detectors. They also said there was no indication that the fire was suspicious.

"Fortunately, the companies did an aggressive interior attack," Proulx said. "They got the fire knocked down quickly. Water supply was an issue. We have no hydrants. So, we were in the process of trying to figure out how we were going to relay a pump and get water up here. So, water was going to be an issue we were going to have to deal with."

The identity of the man was not released. Positive identification of the victim and the cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy set for Thursday.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's office at 603-223-4289.

Manchester, New Hampshire fire: One person dead

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