Neighbor crawls into burning West Lebanon apartment and saves two young girls
Eight people treated and released from DHMC
WEST LEBANON - All the occupants of an apartment building which caught fire this morning above West Lebanon have now been released from the hospital after having been treated for smoke inhalation they sustained from a fire which broke out in a first floor kitchen.
The blaze at The Village at Crafts Hill apartments on Pine Tree Lane rang in to the fire station via an automatic alarm just before 2 a.m. Friday morning and when Lebanon police arrived three minutes later they reported a working fire and assisted with the evacuation of four apartments in the affected section of the apartment complex.
Devin Isaacs, a 24-year-old who lived next door to the burning apartment, crawled inside and rescued two girls – a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old – Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos reported.
"While Isaacs should be commended for his brave actions, we do not encourage bystanders to enter hazardous environments," the chief noted in a press release on the incident.
Based on the initial reports from police the situation was upgraded to a first alarm which brought Hanover, Enfield and Hartford firefighters to help the first crew on the scene, which was Truck 2 out of the West Lebanon station who'd made entry into the apartment and knocked down the heavy fire in the kitchen.
After firefighters conducted a search and made sure that everyone was out of the building, a total of eight residents were transported to DHMC for evaluation.
The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office conducted an investigation Friday morning that found the fire began in the kitchen but the exact cause remains undetermined.
The complex is owned and operated by the Twin Pines Housing trust who, working with the American Red Cross, has now arranged for temporary off-site housing for all of the displaced residents from the four affected apartments.
Lebanon Fire Department photos
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