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Apartment building catches fire in Boscawen; no injuries reported

Firefighters respond to a fire on the second floor of a three-unit apartment building in Boscawen yesterday afternoon. 

(Courtesy photo by Jay L. Heath)

Firefighters respond to a fire on the second floor of a three-unit apartment building in Boscawen yesterday afternoon. (Courtesy photo by Jay L. Heath)

Two people escaped a fire in a Boscawen apartment yesterday afternoon, but officials are still investigating the cause of the two-alarm blaze.

Firefighters responded to a call about 4:20 p.m. yesterday from the Sweatt Street building, where police Chief Kevin Wyman said the entire second story was engulfed in flames when he arrived.

As the fire crews from Boscawen, Concord and other neighboring departments continued to battle hot spots in the building early yesterday evening, Wyman said no one was injured when the fire broke out on the second floor.

The building is divided into three apartments, he said. Only two residents were at home at the time the fire started, and both were able to get out of the building safely.

Wyman couldn’t say yesterday whether the building would be a total loss, but a gray cloud of smoke continued to stream out of a charred second-floor window. Thin streams of water had frozen on their path down the hill from the apartment building.

“There’s a lot of smoke damage,” Wyman said.

While emergency responders blocked off part of Route 3 to work on adjacent Sweatt Street, a handful of neighbors huddled in the cold and watched the trucks from afar.

Rebecca McLaughlin, who lives just a few blocks away, said the smoke had been thick before firefighters brought it under control.

“I could barely see out my window,” she said.

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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