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Concord apartment building fire sends tenants fleeing

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  • Concord firefighters from Ladder One battle a apartment fire at 267 North State Street across from the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord on Friday night, May 15, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord firefighters from Ladder One battle an apartment fire at 266 North State Street across from the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord on Friday night, May 15, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A Concord firefighter from Ladder One vents the windows at the fire on at 266 North State Street across from the New Hampshire State Prison on Friday evening, May 15, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Donnie Nichols and his son Roman, 4, watch the apartment fire at 266 North State Street from across the street on the grounds of the New Hampshire State Prison on Friday night, May 15, 2020. Roman’s uncle was comforting him as firefighters work on containing the fire. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Donnie Nichols and his son Roman, 4, watch the apartment fire at 266 North State Street from across the street on the grounds of the New Hampshire State Prison on Friday night, May 15, 2020. Roman’s uncle was comforting him as firefighters work on containing the fire. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord firefighters from Ladder One hose water on the burning apartment building at 266 North State Street in Concord on Friday evening, May 15, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A Concord firefighter from Ladder One steps back onto the ladder on the rooftop of the burning apartment building at 266 North State Street in Concord on Friday evening, May 15, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A Concord firefighter from Ladder One works above the burning apartment building at 266 North State Street in Concord on Friday evening, May 15, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord firefighter confer at the front entrance of the apartment at 266 North State Street on how to attack the fire on Friday evening, May 15, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A Concord firefighter from Ladder One uses a flash light to see through the thick smoke at an apartment fire at 266 North State Street on Friday evening, May 15, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A Concord firefighter climbs up Ladder One to help fight the fire at 266 North State Street on Friday evening, May 15, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A Concord firefighter rests while being attended to after battling the fire at the apartment building at 266 North State Street on Friday evening, May 15, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Published: 5/15/2020 8:13:01 PM

Tracy Dubreuil was inside her apartment at 266 North State St. Friday night just after 6 p.m. when she heard banging at the door.

“Fire!” someone yelled.

She smelled smoke and was able to get out of her apartment safely as fire fighters responded.

“I just grabbed my stuff and ran out the door and came outside,” Dubreuil said. “I saw the fire was on the other side of the building that I lived in and there were big flames.”

The flames ripped through the roof of the building as multiple fire crews doused the building with water.

Dubreuil said she hoped her apartment was spared by the flames but expected water and smoke damage.

The fire started at the back of the building near the apartment of Donnie and Stephanie Nichols. Their apartment sustained the worst damage and they figure they lost everything.

They were sitting down watching a movie when they noticed a funny smell, like melting plastic.

“We got up, we started looking around. My wife Steph saw smoke coming out the very back door. She opened the door, saw flames,” Donnie Nichols said. “We have two entrances, thank God.”

Stephanie Nichols grabbed the fire extinguisher and tried putting out the flames. Ronnie Nichols grabbed his son Roman and ran outside, calling 911. The flames grew in intensity and scorched Stephanie’s hair before she ran.

She and everyone else in the apartment building got outside safely.

“I know Red Cross will help us if we need stuff,” Donnie Nichols said. “We’ll get help.”

He was grateful his wife was okay, but she remained very upset after the fire.

“We’re pretty sure our three cats are dead,” Donnie Nichols said.

All residents made it out of the blaze safely, but two cats did not survive, according to a press release sent out by the Concord Fire Department at 10:30 p.m. One firefighter was transported to Concord Hospital and is being evaluated.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, according to Concord fire officials. 




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