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Firefighters respond to fire at historic Concord home

  • A look inside the kitchen where it is believed the fire at 52 Franklin Street started. Robin Berg and Dave Bartsch were both working early Friday morning when they received a call from the Concord Fire Department notifying them that their home was on fire. Bartsch, the home owner, and Berg left work to find their Franklin Street home on fire. On Friday afternoon, the two remained looking over what is left of their home and searching for their 16 year-old cat Sebastian. "He looks like a raccoon," they said as they described their 26 pound brown and black striped cat who is still missing as of Friday. Bartsch said they were sheltered by the Red Cross in a nearby hotel until Tuesday. They hope to rebuild.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    A look inside the kitchen where it is believed the fire at 52 Franklin Street started. Robin Berg and Dave Bartsch were both working early Friday morning when they received a call from the Concord Fire Department notifying them that their home was on fire. Bartsch, the home owner, and Berg left work to find their Franklin Street home on fire. On Friday afternoon, the two remained looking over what is left of their home and searching for their 16 year-old cat Sebastian. "He looks like a raccoon," they said as they described their 26 pound brown and black striped cat who is still missing as of Friday. Bartsch said they were sheltered by the Red Cross in a nearby hotel until Tuesday. They hope to rebuild.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Dave Bartsch stands on his front porch and surveys what's left of his home after a fire started on Friday morning. Bartsch and his girlfriend Robin Berg were both working early Friday morning when they received a call from the Concord Fire Department notifying them that their home was on fire. Bartsch, the home owner, and Berg left work to find their Franklin Street home on fire. On Friday afternoon, the two remained looking over what is left of their home and searching for their 16 year-old cat Sebastian. "He looks like a raccoon," they said as they described their 26 pound brown and black striped cat who is still missing as of Friday. Bartsch said they were sheltered by the Red Cross in a nearby hotel until Tuesday. They hope to rebuild.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Dave Bartsch stands on his front porch and surveys what's left of his home after a fire started on Friday morning. Bartsch and his girlfriend Robin Berg were both working early Friday morning when they received a call from the Concord Fire Department notifying them that their home was on fire. Bartsch, the home owner, and Berg left work to find their Franklin Street home on fire. On Friday afternoon, the two remained looking over what is left of their home and searching for their 16 year-old cat Sebastian. "He looks like a raccoon," they said as they described their 26 pound brown and black striped cat who is still missing as of Friday. Bartsch said they were sheltered by the Red Cross in a nearby hotel until Tuesday. They hope to rebuild.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Robin Berg and Dave Bartsch were both working early Friday morning when they received a call from the Concord Fire Department notifying them that their home was on fire. Bartsch, the home owner, and Berg left work to find their Franklin Street home on fire. On Friday afternoon, the two remained looking over what is left of their home and searching for their 16 year-old cat Sebastian. "He looks like a raccoon," they said as they described their 26 pound brown and black striped cat who is still missing as of Friday. Bartsch said they were sheltered by the Red Cross in a nearby hotel until Tuesday. They hope to rebuild.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Robin Berg and Dave Bartsch were both working early Friday morning when they received a call from the Concord Fire Department notifying them that their home was on fire. Bartsch, the home owner, and Berg left work to find their Franklin Street home on fire. On Friday afternoon, the two remained looking over what is left of their home and searching for their 16 year-old cat Sebastian. "He looks like a raccoon," they said as they described their 26 pound brown and black striped cat who is still missing as of Friday. Bartsch said they were sheltered by the Red Cross in a nearby hotel until Tuesday. They hope to rebuild.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • A look inside the kitchen where it is believed the fire at 52 Franklin Street started. Robin Berg and Dave Bartsch were both working early Friday morning when they received a call from the Concord Fire Department notifying them that their home was on fire. Bartsch, the home owner, and Berg left work to find their Franklin Street home on fire. On Friday afternoon, the two remained looking over what is left of their home and searching for their 16 year-old cat Sebastian. "He looks like a raccoon," they said as they described their 26 pound brown and black striped cat who is still missing as of Friday. Bartsch said they were sheltered by the Red Cross in a nearby hotel until Tuesday. They hope to rebuild.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Dave Bartsch stands on his front porch and surveys what's left of his home after a fire started on Friday morning. Bartsch and his girlfriend Robin Berg were both working early Friday morning when they received a call from the Concord Fire Department notifying them that their home was on fire. Bartsch, the home owner, and Berg left work to find their Franklin Street home on fire. On Friday afternoon, the two remained looking over what is left of their home and searching for their 16 year-old cat Sebastian. "He looks like a raccoon," they said as they described their 26 pound brown and black striped cat who is still missing as of Friday. Bartsch said they were sheltered by the Red Cross in a nearby hotel until Tuesday. They hope to rebuild.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Robin Berg and Dave Bartsch were both working early Friday morning when they received a call from the Concord Fire Department notifying them that their home was on fire. Bartsch, the home owner, and Berg left work to find their Franklin Street home on fire. On Friday afternoon, the two remained looking over what is left of their home and searching for their 16 year-old cat Sebastian. "He looks like a raccoon," they said as they described their 26 pound brown and black striped cat who is still missing as of Friday. Bartsch said they were sheltered by the Red Cross in a nearby hotel until Tuesday. They hope to rebuild.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

A two-alarm fire swept through a century-old two-family home in Concord early yesterday morning, heavily damaging the kitchen and much of the first floor but leaving no one harmed, according to officials.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at 52 Franklin St. about 2:20 a.m. after receiving a call from a neighbor reporting smoke billowing out of the house, Concord fire Chief Dan Andrus said. As they approached the house, flames could be seen jumping out of a kitchen window and creeping up an exterior wall.

The main fire was extinguished in about 30 minutes, Andrus said. A second alarm was called at 3:07 a.m. to bring in additional firefighters who, using thermal imagery and sledgehammers, helped locate hidden hot spots. Crew members from Allenstown, Boscawen, Bow, Epsom, Hooksett, Hopkinton, Loudon, Manchester, Pembroke and Penacook assisted with the containment.

The home’s two occupants, Robin Berg and Dave Bartsch, were at work when the fire was reported, Andrus said. Both arrived at the scene about 3 a.m. The local American Red Cross chapter is helping them with temporary housing and clothing.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Andrus said the home, which was built in 1900, is salvageable and estimated the damage to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

(John Tully contributed to this story. Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319,
jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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