An elderly woman died after a fire on Harris Avenue, according to Merrimack (NH) Interim Fire Chief Matthew Duke. Merrimack firefighters responded for a house fire around 0500 and found heavy fire in the front portion of the two-story home. Fire crews worked to knock down the fire so they could make entry to search for an occupant reportedly inside. Firefighters were challenged to search the house due to a large amount of contents. Crews located an elderly woman in the rear of the house, removed her and performed CPR, but were unable to revive her. A second alarm was struck bringing several towns and cities to the scene and to Merrimack for coverage. The fire was brought under control in approximately an hour.
– Fire News photo by Jeffrey Hastings