Mutual Aid Companies Assist with City Fire
Crews Battled Flames and Heavy Smoke
At 2:06 p.m. on Saturday, the Claremont Fire Department responded to 19 Fern Street for report of a structure fire. Engine 3, Ladder 2, Engine 2 responded with four personnel. Heavy smoke was reported from Opera House Square, and the first due Engine Company requested a first alarm assignment, box 100. Companies arrived on scene, and reported heavy smoke showing from a two and a half wood frame residence. Further investigation found heavy fire on the Bravo/Charlie side of the structure. First due companies stretched an inch and ¾ line, and applied water to the Bravo side fire. A second line was simultaneously deployed and stretched to the Alpha side, first floor front door. Crews were successful with an initial aggressive combined attack. The bulk of the fire was extinguished at 2:20 p.m. An additional crew was sent to the second floor to extinguish any remaining fire that had extended to the attic space. The fire was called under control at 3:09 p.m. Fire crews remained on scene to complete overhaul operations.
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Additional mutual aid companies that assisted the Claremont Fire Department were: Cornish, Windsor, Newport and Charlestown.
A cause of the fire had not been released at the time of publication.