Derry, NH - The Derry Fire Communications Center received a 911 call at 9:36 P.M. on October 7th from a third party alarm monitoring service, reporting a smoke detector activation at 4 Mitchell Avenue. The Derry Police Department arrived on scene and reported a structure fire.
Derry Car 1, along with Engines 1, 2 and 3, Ladder 4, and Medic 1 were dispatched to the above address. On arrival at 4 Mitchell Avenue companies found a two-story single-family residential home with smoke coming from the ridge vent of the roof, and fire that had self-vented out of a first-floor window.
The first arriving engine company advanced a hose line to the first floor where they encountered heavy smoke and fire. The engine company made an aggressive attack, extinguishing the fire with a one-and-three-quarter inch attack line. Fire damage was contained to the first floor. The rest of the structure sustained smoke, heat and water damage.
Fire companies were advised that the occupants were away for the weekend and no one was home. A primary and secondary search by fire companies confirmed this report. The family's pet lizard was saved.
Additional Derry and mutual aid companies assisted with command and control, search, ventilation, water supply, salvage, overhaul, RIT, and safety. Mutual aid was received by Londonderry and Windham. Station coverage was provided by Salem, Hudson, Chester and Hampstead.
The Red Cross was notified of the needs of two adults and three children that were displaced from the fire. There were no fire personnel injuries, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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