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Several families displaced by Franklin apartment fire

The Red Cross gave temporary assistance this weekend to four adults and three children displaced by a fire on Hill Street in Franklin.

The fire broke out late Friday afternoon in a building that contains a convenience store and Laundromat on the first floor and six apartments on the top floor, according to the Franklin Fire Department. There is damage throughout the building, and the tenants lost most of their belongings in the fire.

Members from the Red Cross were on the scene to offer immediate assistance to the tenants, said spokeswoman Kayleigh Robertson. That assistance included vouchers for lodging, food and clothing through the weekend. Robertson didn’t have information on what the families are doing in the long term.

Fire fighters received a report that smoke was coming from the building at Robert’s Market at 2 Hill Road about 4:30 p.m. When they arrived on the scene, they also found smoke coming from the Laundromat and second-floor windows. Access to the second floor to check for victims was difficult because the fire had already significantly weakened the floors, according to the fire department. But before the fire department arrived, the store clerk had knocked on all the doors to make sure the residents were out of the apartments. Three of the six apartments were occupied at the time of the fire, according to the fire department.

Fire departments from Andover, Boscawen, Belmont, Bristol, Hill, Laconia, Salisbury, Sanbornton and Tilton-Northfield assisted at the scene, while Penacook Rescue and the Gilmanton Fire Department covered the Franklin station.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

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