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Overnight fire injures 1, displaces 6 in Manchester

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Investigators on the scene of overnight fire at 56-58 School St. in Manchester, June 16, 2018

MANCHESTER – One woman is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after an overnight fire in Manchester.

The fire department says a 48 year old woman in the four-unit building on School Street was awakened shortly after 3 a.m. by smoke and fire in her apartment. She managed to bang on the door of her neighbor, but was severely burned before she could get outside. Her neighbor and residents of 2 other apartments, including two children, were able to escape unharmed and call 9-1-1.

Firefighters said they encountered high heat and heavy smoke but brought the fire under control in about 20 minutes. The home was deemed uninhabitable; the displaced tenants will be staying with local family, but the Red Cross and Manchester Human Services are assisting.

Fire officials said the injured woman has life-threatening thermal injuries. The fire marshal is still on scene and investigating the cause.

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