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Firefighters contain fire at 52 Franklin St. in Concord

  • A two-alarm fire swept through a two-family home at 50 Franklin St. in Concord at about 2:20 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2013. (BRIAN BLACKDEN / for the Monitor.)

    A two-alarm fire swept through a two-family home at 50 Franklin St. in Concord at about 2:20 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2013. (BRIAN BLACKDEN / for the Monitor.)

  • A two-alarm fire swept through a two-family home at 50 Franklin St. in Concord at about 2:20 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2013. (BRIAN BLACKDEN / for the Monitor.)

    A two-alarm fire swept through a two-family home at 50 Franklin St. in Concord at about 2:20 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2013. (BRIAN BLACKDEN / for the Monitor.)

  • A two-alarm fire swept through a two-family home at 50 Franklin St. in Concord at about 2:20 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2013. (BRIAN BLACKDEN / for the Monitor.)
  • A two-alarm fire swept through a two-family home at 50 Franklin St. in Concord at about 2:20 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2013. (BRIAN BLACKDEN / for the Monitor.)

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

Firefighters arrived on scene at 52 Franklin St. around 2:20 a.m. after receiving a call from a neighbor of smoke billowing out of the house, Concord Fire Chief Dan Andrus said. By the time they arrived, flames could be scene coming out of the kitchen window and extending up the home’s exterior.

The main fire was extinguished in about 30 minutes, Andrus said. A second alarm was called shortly thereafter to bring in a fresh crew who, using thermal imagery and sledgehammers, helped search for and contain lingering hot spots inside walls. Firefighters from Allenstown, Boscawen, Bow, Epsom, Hooksett, Hopkinton, Loudon, Manchester, Pembroke and Penacook assisted with the fight. Andrus said he left the scene around 6 a.m.

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

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Andrus said. He added that the home, which was built in 1900, is salvageable and estimated the damage to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, jblackman@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

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