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2- Alarm Fire 55 Old Summit Road, Keene, NH

Date of Incident: September 6, 2019 
Time of Call: 0133 hours 
First Unit on Scene Time: 0141 hours 
Type Incident: Building Fire 
Assigned Apparatus: Ladder 2, Car 3, Engine 1, Ladder 1, Tanker 1, Cl, C2, Ambulance 3
Number of Keene Personnel Assigned: On Duty Staff- 9, Re-called off Duty Personnel- 11

Mutual Aid Units Assigned:
At Scene Fire Units- Swanzey, Westmoreland, Spofford, Gilsum, Sullivan, Brattleboro Vt. 
Covering Fire Units: Peterborough, Chesterfield, Walpole, Troy 
Building Owner: City of Keene 
Injuries Reported: One firefighter suffered a back injury. Firefighter was treated on scene. 
Summary of Incident: Keene Fire Department was dispatched at 0133 hours to the Keene Transfer Station/Recycling Center for a reported automatic fire alarm activation. Ladder 2 responded from the West Keene Fire Station, and arrived on scene reporting a working fire in the trash transfer side of the facility and requested the incident upgraded to a 1st• Alarm Assignment. Central Station units were dispatched on the 1st• Alarm along with a recall of off duty members. 

Ladder 2 started fire suppression activities while at the same time removed an excavator that was in the transfer portion of the building in proximity to the fire before it suffered any damage. Car 3 (Shift Commander) arrived on scene along with Engine 1 and Tanker 1 from the Central Station. Crews established water supply from the on-site cistern and established a secondary water supply if it was needed. 

A 2nd• Alarm was requested by the Ladder 2 officer at 0147 hours to bring additional equipment and personnel needed for the incident. The 2nd alarm units from Keene and listed mutual aid units were assigned fire suppression, water supply and rehab tasks at the scene. The remaining mutual companies listed were assigned to cover the two Keene Fire Stations and calls during the incident. 

The fire was contained to the trash transfer portion of the building that measures approximately 75' x 50' two stories plus in height. The recycling portion of the building did have smoke that was ventilated. Estimated fire damage is $20,000 to the structure. 

Facility staff were requested to the scene to assist fire crews with building systems. Keene Police and Southwest Fire NH Fire Mutual Aid also assisted on scene. 

Fire Origin and Cause: Remains under investigation by the Keene Fire Department, the fire is not considered to be suspicious at this time. Anyone with information related to the fire is asked to contact Lt. John Bates of the Keene Fire Department at 603-757-1863 or via email 

For further information contact: 
Mark Howard- Fire Chief 
mhoward@ci.keene.nh. us 

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