Manchester (NH) Fire, police, and AMR ambulance were dispatched to Village Circle Way for several callers reporting a building fire. Engine 4, housed about a mile from the location, could see a glow in the sky as they approached the area. When Engine 4 arrived, they reported heavy fire on the balconies at the rear of the building. Two of the three firefighters assigned to the engine stretched a line while one firefighter operated the pump. The two firefighters immediately reported several people trapped on the upper floors of the three-story, large, apartment building. Additional crews arrived and began evacuating occupants of 28 apartments and attempting to locate the trapped people. One man was pulled from an area where there was heavy fire, suffering from extremely severe burns. AMR medics and firefighters immediately began CPR on the man and rushed him to a local hospital where he died. Arriving personnel used ground ladders to access the upper floors while two ladder trucks were set up. As firefighters attempted the rescues, the hydrant feeding Engine 4 failed, requiring hoses to be run from alternative hydrants. Due to the size of the building and the number of occupants, a second and a third alarm were requested, bringing almost 100 firefighters to the scene. A woman was brought out of the building to AMR medics, who transported her to a local hospital. Several dogs and cats were rescued. The NH Fire Marshal’s Office was requested to the scene to assist Manchester Fire Investigators due to the serious injuries and scale of the fire.

– Fire News photo by Jeffrey Hastings