Fire chief: 1 dead in Laconia apartment house fire
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — A Laconia man was killed in an overnight fire that destroyed his apartment building, authorities said Wednesday.
The man's body was found Wednesday morning in an apartment at the center of the six-unit building, Fire Chief Kenneth Erickson told WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/1hf9LDm ).
Another tenant reported flames coming from a back porch around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. Erickson said firefighters evacuated some tenants but were unable to get to the victim. One firefighter trying to enter the room suffered second-degree burns when the room flashed over in flames. After 40 minutes, all the firefighters were ordered out.
It took 60 firefighters about two hours to get the fire under control. By then, the roof had burned off and the second floor had caved in.
Temperatures in the single digits made their work more challenging.
"We have hoses freezing to the ground, nozzles freezing if you shut them off," Erickson said. "Guys are in there working and they get wet and they instantly freeze solid, so we've been rotating the crews in and out since we got here."
It's unclear how many people were displaced. Erickson said the building likely will be demolished.
Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com