Firefighters in Portsmouth, New Hampshire battled a four-alarm fire today (Wednesday) at the Portsmouth Gas Light Company, a restaurant in a building that dates back to the 1880s. The building has apartments on the upper floors. Video above by Trueman Team. More video below from ROCK 603. Thanks to Jim Truman for alerting STATter911.com to this fire.
According to the fire chief, the fire was first spotted at 10:08 a.m. by a fire crew training on the city’s fire boat in the Piscataqua River. The crew radioed that heavy black smoke was seen coming from the area and all on-duty companies responded, he said.
Firefighters who entered the restaurant from the Market Street side encountered flames on the first floor, near a chimney, in the kitchen, he said.
Firefighters then went to the roof, where flames were burning near the chimney, the chief said.
A first alarm was declared at 10:12 a.m. and because the fire extended across the third floor, second, third and fourth alarms were struck to summons firefighters from across the Seacoast, Achilles said.