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Fire damages Ross Express Inc. garage in Boscawen

Last modified: 12/12/2013 10:27:28 AM
Fire officials are investigating the cause of a one-alarm blaze that damaged a garage at a Boscawen trucking company yesterday.

The fire started about 3:25 p.m. between the ceiling and the roof at the front of the garage at Ross Express Inc., Boscawen fire Chief Ray Fisher said. Crews from Boscawen and Concord were able to confine the flames to the front of the garage, which is used for repair and engine work on the 34 trucks housed at the facility.

When he got to the scene, Fisher found “a building that had smoke pouring out of every place that it could,” he said.

The only person in the building when the fire began was an electrician who noticed a crackling noise in the front of the repair garage, Ross Express President Steve Brown said.

The electrician quickly shut down power to the building and called the fire department. Officials closed a portion of North Main Street in Boscawen while fighting the fire.

An employee from Overhead Door Company in Concord was using a torch yesterday afternoon to repair the garage door at the front of the building, near the place where the fire started, Brown said.

Anyone on-site from the door company had been gone for about 30 minutes when the electrician noticed the fire, Brown said, but the company had been made aware of the fire.

An office manager at Overhead Door Company declined comment yesterday.

The top front portion of the garage was blackened and destroyed, but Brown said none of the company’s trucks was inside at the time the fire began. The fire chief anticipated most other damage would be water damage to equipment inside the repair garage.

Fisher said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Brown watched the crews clear the scene of the fire yesterday evening as the sky darkened. He said he was coming back to work from an appointment in Concord when he got a call from the electrician about the fire.

“When I was coming in from the rotary (on Route 4), I could see the smoke,” Brown said. “The air was full of smoke.”

Brown said the fire would delay the company’s operations last night by two to three hours. Because fire equipment was blocking the driveway, Ross Express trucks were parked near Boscawen Elementary School and waiting for the crews to leave so they could unload.

“The good news is that no one is hurt,” Brown said. “It’s just a building.”

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


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