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Residents safe after fire at Water Street apartment building



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Fire crews battle flames on the second floor of an apartment building at 8 Water St. on Friday night. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
December 05, 2018
MEREDITH — A two-alarm fire gutted the second floor of an apartment building on Water Street, though all residents and a pet got out safely.

On Friday night, Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid toned a first alarm building fire at 8 Water Street at 8:20 p.m. that quickly went to a second alarm.

The multifamily building is owned by Ted Bowman, and the fire occurred in the upstairs apartment occupied at the present time by Tyler Miner and her boyfriend.

Miner's grandmother, Connie Madore, lives on the first floor and was the only person inside the building at the time.

Madore said she was in her bedroom and about to watch the evening news on television when she smelled smoke, saying no smoke detectors went off. Madore said she called her granddaughter and asked if she was cooking something upstairs. Miner responded that she and her boyfriend were both at McDonald's at the time, and Madore informed her of the smoke. Miner asked Madore to get her cat, and Madore went upstairs and opened the apartment with a key.

"I opened the door, and the cat was right there," Madore said.

Madore evacuated the building with her granddaughter's cat and called 911, taking shelter in the nearby apartment building with a family friend.

The Meredith Fire Department responded to the scene and were helped by crews from Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Sandwich, Laconia, Gilford, New Hampton, Bristol, Plymouth, Ashland, and Holderness. Belmont and Sanbornton covered the Meredith station.

A section of Main Street was closed off and used as a staging area for personnel.

Meredith Fire Department representatives could not be reached as of press time.

The residents of the building stayed with family members who live in the area.

"I'm just grateful nobody got hurt," Madore said.

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