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Wednesday night fire evacuates Concord Kennedy building apartments

  • A mattress fire at the Kennedy building in downtown Concord on Wednesday night caused residents to be evacuated and for a portion of South Main Street to be temporarily closed. The fire occurred on the high-rise building’s eighth floor, officials said. Some residents were allowed back in the building by 10:30 p.m. Caitlin Andrews / Monitor staff

  • A mattress fire at the Kennedy building in downtown Concord on Wednesday night caused residents to be evacuated and for a portion of South Main Street to be temporarily closed. The fire occurred on the high-rise building’s eighth floor. Some residents were allowed back in the building by 10:30 p.m. Caitlin Andrews—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Thursday, June 07, 2018

A mattress fire on the eighth floor of the Kennedy building on Thompson Street caused the entire building to be evacuated and a portion of South Main Street to be temporarily closed down late Wednesday night.

Concord fire Chief Dan Andrus said the department responded to a report of smoke coming from apartment unit 811 at 9:47 p.m. First responders on the scene could also see smoke from outside the building and requested a “fully operational high-rise assignment.”

All residents were evacuated from the building while fire crews checked out the incident; some were allowed back into the building about 10:20 p.m. No one in the building, including the apartment’s occupant – who was awakened by the fire alarm and able to leave the building on his own – was harmed, officials said.

Fire crews found the mattress fire had been extinguished when they entered the apartment. Andrus declined to give the cause of the fire due to an ongoing investigation, but said the apartment is uninhabitable for now due to smoke damage.

The designation of a “high-rise assignment” is reserved for fires in buildings that Concord’s ladder trucks cannot reach, or anything above 75 feet from the ground entrance per building code definition, Andrus said. The Kennedy building, at nine stories high, including a penthouse, is one of the few buildings in Concord’s downtown that qualifies.

“High-rise fires can be technically complex and can require a lot of labor to haul hoses up stairs,” he said.

Because of the category of the incident, Concord units were required to respond to the scene. Additional units from Bow as well as a ladder truck from Manchester responded as well.

A portion of South Main Street was closed while the incident was ongoing. Andrus has estimated the street would be reopened to traffic by 11 p.m.

(Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, candrews@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @ActualCAndrews.)