2 people escape house fire in Manchester

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Two people were able to escape a fire in a Saddle Hill Road home in Manchester Wednesday afternoon, a fire official said.

Manchester Fire Chief/EMD Daniel A. French said crews responded to the fire in the 2-story residential structure just after 3 p.m. French said the two occupants were home at the time of the fire, but both “were able to self-evacuate without injury.”

“Firefighters encountered a large single-family residence with heavy fire in the rear of the structure and in the second floor,” French said in a statement. “Initial reports indicated that 2 occupants were trapped, but that was quickly discounted as contact was made with the residents.”

The first companies on-scene reported “a heavily involved structure,” French said, “Initial (attempts) to gain an interior foothold (were) foiled by large volume of fire.”

French said all companies were ordered out of the building at 3:13 p.m. as the fire extended through the roof and that exterior operations using “aerial master streams” knocked down the bulk of the fire.

The fire was under control at about 3:55 p.m. but there were personnel remaining on scene at 6:15 p.m., French said.