fire dept

3- Alarm Fire 52 Marlboro Street- Multi-Family Apartment Building

Date of Incident: March 4, 2021

Time of Call: 1140 hours- First Alarm, Upgraded to 2nd Alarm 1144, 3rd Alarm requested at 1146 hours

First Unit on Scene Time: 1143 Hours

Under Control: 1216 Hours

Units Back in Quarters: 1630 Hours

Type Incident: Building Fire

Assigned Apparatus: Car 4, C1, C2, Engine 1, Ladder 2, Ladder 1, Tanker 1, Rescue 1, Ambulance 3, Ambulance 1.

Number of Keene Personnel Assigned: On Duty Staff- 13, Re-called off Duty Personnel (Career and Call Company) - 15

Mutual Aid Units Assigned:

At Scene Units- Chesterfield, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Peterborough, Swanzey, Walpole Fire Depts. Diluzio Ambulance.

Covering Fire Units: Chesterfield, Peterborough, Spofford, Walpole, Westminster fire dept.

Covering Ambulances: Rescue Inc.

Type Occupancy: Multi Unit Apartment Building

Type of Construction: Wood Frame, 3- story

Building Owner: Tobey Tousley of Keene NH.

Injuries Reported: Three reported, non-life threatening.

Summary of incident: Fire units were dispatched to a reported fire in an apartment at 52 Marlboro Street. As units were preparing to respond from both Keene stations dispatch updated Car 4 (shift commander) they were taking calls of people reported to be trapped in the building. Keene Police units soon confirmed a fire with heavy smoke showing. Fire units arrived within 3 minutes reporting fire showing from the second floor of a multi-unit 3- story apartment building. Car 4 requested the second alarm and reported first alarm units would be performing search and rescue. On arrival of Car 1 at 1146 the 3rd alarm was requested

First alarm companies including Car 4, E1, Ladder 2, and Ladder 1 with the assistance of Keene Police performed aggressive and efficient operations to safely evacuate and remove all occupants from the hazardous area. Crews simultaneously established water supply, performed search and rescue operations while also getting the fire knocked down in the fire building.

The additional crews from the 2nd and 3rd alarms assisted with fire control, water supply, search and rescue, salvage operations,
re-hab support of crews and provided medical care of those injured.

Diluzio Ambulance also provided two crews on scene to assist with the patients. City of Keene Staff from Keene Police and Water Department also assisted on scene.

Injuries Reported: three, smoke inhalation.

Estimated Property Loss:  $75,000 fire damage on two floors in two apartments. Smoke and water damage to some of the other units in the building.

Fire Origin and Cause: Remains under investigation by the Keene Fire Department and Keene Police. Anyone with information related to the fire is asked to contact Capt. John Bates of the Keene Fire Department at 603-757-1863 or via email       

For further information contact:
Mark Howard- Fire Chief