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Vacant Concord home catches fire

Last modified: 12/13/2015 12:41:46 AM
Concord firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze in a vacant South End home Saturday.

Crews were called to 16 Norwich St. at 9:33 a.m. with reports of “a plume of smoke,” fire Chief Dan Andrus said. Once on scene, firefighters found heavy fire in the back of the single-story house. The address is in the area of Wesley United Methodist Church.

“They had that knocked down within 15 minutes, but they stayed on scene until early afternoon just cleaning up and making sure there were no hot spots,” Andrus said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The house in unoccupied, the chief said, and no one was injured. According to city property records, the home is owned by the estate of a woman who died in 2013.

“I was really impressed by the quick stop and very efficient firefighting,” Andrus said.

The fire was the third in less than two weeks. A Dec. 4 fire at an apartment building on Rumford Street killed one man, and a Dec. 5 fire severely damaged a home on Silk Farm Road.

Andrus warned city residents to make sure their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work.

“Particularly for this holiday season, people are bringing trees into their home,” Andrus said. “Be very careful about the use of combustibles around heat sources – fireplaces, wood stoves, portable heaters. Make sure you check the lights to make sure there are no breaks or exposure of wires.”


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