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Garage fire at state hospital quickly doused

Officials are investigating the cause of a small fire Friday night at a garage on the grounds of the New Hampshire State Hospital, the chief of the Concord Fire Department said last night.

Chief Dan Andrus said he’ll speak to the fire marshal tomorrow to learn more about the one-alarm fire, signaled by a smoke detector at 9:18 p.m., that caused smoke damage to several cars but was brought under control quickly.

There were no injuries.

“We had it knocked down pretty quickly, within about 20 minutes,” Andrus said. “It was a real simple fire, and we’re glad we got it before the fire spread to the vehicles.”

Andrus said the garage, which houses state vehicles and has a metal exterior, suffered ceiling damage from the fire, which burned structural materials in an office and storage areas.

“The fire was confined to an area on the south side, but there was heavy smoke damage throughout the garage, and that included several of the vehicles parked inside,” Andrus said.

Andrus added that three engines, three ambulances and a ladder truck responded to the call, totaling 22 responders overall.

(Ray Duckler can be reached at 369-3304 or rduckler@
or on Twitter @rayduckler.)

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