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At 2:08PM on June 12th, Laconia Fire Department along with an engine from Belmont Fire and Gilford Fire were dispatched to a reported mattress fire. Dispatch updated the first responding companies that they were receiving multiple calls, and could see smoke from their tower camera. Engine 1 arrived on scene in just over four minutes and had fire showing from the second floor of a 2 story multi-unit apartment building. Engine 1 Captain Shipp requested a second alarm on arrival. E1 along with Gilford’s Fire Chief who was in the city for a meeting began fire attack, while Ladder 1 crew began conducting searches of the apartment to ensure everyone was out. Fortunately, everyone self-evacuated, but a complete search is still conducted all building fires. Because of early notification of the fire, and quick work by responding companies, the fire was contained to one unit, and a portion of the exterior of the building.
Laconia Fire Department was handling a motor vehicle accident and medical emergency in the Weirs at the time of this fire. With extra staffing on for Motorcycle Week Engines 1 and 5 as well as Ladder 1 were able to respond without delay. Damage and loss are estimated at $40,000.
Laconia Fire Department was assisted at the scene by multiple mutual aid fire companies, as well as Laconia Police, Eversource, and the Wingate Management and Maintenance representatives.
The Red Cross is assisting the occupants.
Photos courtesy of Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid.