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August 16, 2019
Firefighters from Laconia and surrounding communities fought two fires in the city over the weekend. Both fires were quickly extinguished, and damage was limited, though eight people were displaced by one of the fires.
The first fire occurred Friday, just before 4 p.m. at a 2½ story, four-unit apartment building at 71 Academy St.
The first Laconia firefighters who arrived on the scene saw heavy smoke coming from the building’s basement and first floor, prompting a second alarm for additional personnel and equipment.
Initial reports were that one person may have still been inside the building, but Laconia police were soon able to confirm that all the occupants were out of the building.
The first firefighters on the scene pulled a fire hose into the basement and were able to extinguish the fire quickly, before it had a chance to spread.
Fire was contained to the basement. The fire was caused by an overheated clothes dryer fire, Fire Department officials said. Clothes and other items that were stored next to the dryer were also burned.
The fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to the building, Laconia Fire Chief Kirk Beattie said.
The Red Cross provided assistance to the eight tenants who were displaced by the fire.
(Picture and Story from Laconia Daily Sun)