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Man suffers minor injuries in Concord house fire

Three fire engines, a tower truck and three ambulances responded to the house fire at 23 Downing Street in Concord on Monday morning, October 7, 2013. The fire was contained just before noon, leaving what fire officials described as extensive damage inside.

(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Three fire engines, a tower truck and three ambulances responded to the house fire at 23 Downing Street in Concord on Monday morning, October 7, 2013. The fire was contained just before noon, leaving what fire officials described as extensive damage inside. (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

A Concord man suffered minor injuries yesterday as he escaped a house fire at 23 Downing St., according to emergency officials.

Smoke billowed from windows on both floors of the tan, 143-year-old home as firefighters arrived about 11:15 a.m., less than five minutes after the fire was reported, officials said. Using handheld hoses and a tower ladder, they climbed to the roof of the building and began knocking holes in it, ventilating the space. More than a dozen bystanders gathered along the street as flames leaped from the rooftop, officials said.

Concord fire Chief Dan Andrus said the fire was contained shortly before noon. Emergency crews from Hooksett and Hopkinton assisted in the response, and surrounding towns provided coverage for the Concord department during the incident.

Andrus reported extensive interior damage to the home, including a stairwell that appeared to have burned down. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The man, identified only as an occupant of the home, was taken to Concord Hospital and treated for an ankle injury and smoke inhalation, Andrus said. No other people were injured.

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

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