Eleven family members displaced, dog killed in Concord fire

  • Firefighters work the scene of what was a smoky fire at 9 Eldridge St. in Concord off of Airport Road on Sunday afternoon. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Emergency response vehicles could be seen outside 9 Eldridge St. about 4:15 p.m. on Sunday after a fire displaced 11 residents and killed a dog, according to reports from the Red Cross and fire and rescue officials. NICK REID / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Eleven members of a Concord family were displaced and a family dog was killed in a fire late Sunday morning.

The fire was confined to the basement of the gray, five-bedroom ranch-style home at 9 Eldridge St., according to a statement issued by the fire department Sunday afternoon. None of the human occupants were harmed.

But fire officials and the Red Cross, which is assisting the family, said 11 people were displaced.

“Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers have met with the residents to ensure they have a safe place to sleep and have food, clothing, and other essentials,” the nonprofit wrote in a press release. “Over the next several days, Red Cross client casework volunteers will stay in contact with the residents and provide referrals as they begin the road to recovery.”

The fire was reported at 11:43 a.m. and immediately mobilized all available Concord Fire Department units, which began arriving five minutes later to find “smoke coming from the basement,” according to reports. It was knocked down at 12:34 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, authorities said at the scene before beginning to depart about 4:30 p.m.

Multiple police and fire vehicles could be seen parked along the dirt road nearby the south end of the municipal airport throughout the day Sunday.

According to city assessing records, the one-story home is owned by George and Carmella Nameche.

Emergency response units from Pembroke, Allenstown, Bow, Boscawen and Penacook provided coverage while Concord crews battled the blaze in the brisk cold, reports said.