Concord firefighters extinguish apartment fire on South Street

  • Concord firefighters extinguished a blaze at a South Street apartment building Thursday night. Steve Leone—Monitor staff

  • Concord firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze at a South Street apartment building Thursday night. —Courtesy

  • Concord firefighters worked to extinguish a blaze at a South Street apartment building Thursday night. —Courtesy

By Monitor staff
Published: 9/23/2021 7:55:35 PM

Concord firefighters extinguished a blaze at a South Street thee-unit apartment building within two hours Thursday evening that sent two people to the hospital.

The fire was reported at 6:10 p.m. with smoke and flames on the second story of the building. The first units arrived within three minutes of the initial call, according to fire officials.

“The buildings in this neighborhood are very close to each other,” Concord Fire Chief Sean Brown said. “The aggressive firefighting actions taken by the first arriving Concord companies prevented any of the adjacent structures from being threatened by fire.”

The fire was brought under control within two hours of the first units arriving on the scene. Two people were transported to the hospital in serious condition by Concord Fire Department ambulance, city officials reported.

Concord firefighters entered the building to fight the fire and search for anyone still inside. A total of eight residents were displaced by the fire, city officials said.

Don Weber, a first-floor resident with his son Mark, has lived there for about five years. Weber and his son were both able to get out safely with their cat.

Weber said his home is “probably full of water.”

The 29 South St. apartment building was sold in July for $400,000 to Dariel Thompson, who lives elsewhere in Concord, according to city records. The eight-bedroom apartment building, built in 1890, is assessed by the city of Concord at a value of $313,900.

South Street was shut down to traffic as crews knocked down the flames and smoke.

Concord firefighters were assisted by fire crews from surrounding towns, including Boscawen, Chichester, Hooksett, Hopkinton, Loudon, and Pembroke, according to Concord officials. During the fire, station coverage was provided by Epsom, Franklin, Hopkinton, and Manchester departments.




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