Fire quickly knocked down at Penacook Place Apartments

  • The Penacook Place Apartments on the morning of Jan. 10, 2018. —Elizabeth Frantz

Monitor staff
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

An appliance fire displaced two families Tuesday night at the Penacook Place Apartments in the village of Penacook.

Concord fire Chief Dan Andrus said a small fire was reported at 9:16 p.m., but that the blaze was largely extinguished by a sprinkler in the apartment where the fire began. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke inside the building and put out the rest of the fire with a handheld extinguisher.

“It was immediately contained,” Andrus said of the fire. “The families had to relocate, in large part, due to all the smoke.”

The fire was not visible from outside the building and did not cause any noticeable damage to the apartments at 36 Heartwood Lane, Andrus said.

Firefighters remained on scene for a couple of hours to ventilate the apartments and clean up.

The American Red Cross reported assisting the two families, a total of four adults and four children, after the fire with temporary housing and other necessities.

Andrus said he did not know when the families would be able to return home.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)