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Park Street House Fire Results in One Fatality

A house fire at 52 Park St. claimed one unidentified victim.

Manchester Fire - Recuse - EMS headquarters at 75 Center St. Photo credit: Patch archives.
Manchester Fire - Recuse - EMS headquarters at 75 Center St. Photo credit: Patch archives.

An early morning fire at an apartment house on Park Street resulted in one fatality Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, according to Fire Chief Robert Bycholski.

Bycholski said that fire fighters responded to a 911 call of a fire on the third floor of a home at 52 Park St. at approximately 5 a.m.  The home was a Colonial-style mansion built in 1906 and converted into a five-unit multi-family home.

Bycholski said a resident on the second floor of the home had self-evacuated by the time fire fighters arrived on scene at 5:08 a.m., but that conditions were too severe to immediately enter the third floor apartment where the fire was reported.

When fire fighters got the third-floor fire under control at 5:25 a.m., they discovered the victim in the bedroom of the third-floor apartment.

Bycholski said that three fire fighters were also injured battling the blaze; one suffered a finger laceration, another a shoulder strain and the third over-exertion. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the name of the victim has not been released pending identification and the notification of the victim’s family. 

The building has been deemed uninhabitable. 

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