Londonderry Firefighters Pushed Back By Flames at 38 Hemlock

Early this morning a call from 38 Hemlock Street in Londonderry, New Hampshire sent Firefighters to the scene of a building fire.  Trucks rolled immediately following the call at 4:21am.  The home owned by John and Frances Gehling according to tax records, was showing “heavy fire from the 1st and second floor windows on the departments arrival” according to Londonderry Fire Chief Kevin MacCaffrie.

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Four members of the household had evacuated on their own but told arriving units at 4:28am that two others were still in the building.

Chief MacCaffrie said, “Crews made entry and tried to affect a rescue and hold the main staircase for possible escape. After a short time the inside became untenable and they went from offensive mode to defensive mode and fought the fire from outside.”

“The 2nd alarm was sounded and units from Derry, Windham, Hudson and Litchfield responded. Derry medic unit transported the 4 occupants to Parkland Hospital with smoke inhalation and minor burns. They are in stable condition.”

“The fire was under control about 1hour later. The crews remain on scene attending to hot spots and assisting in the investigation. The investigation is being conducted by the Londonderry fire Department , The state Fire Marshal’s office and the Londonderry PD.”

At this time Londonderry fire is indicating that no cause or origin has been determined and no names are being released. Two family members are considered missing. The investigation is on going. Manchester, Auburn and Nashua covered the stations.

Further details from Londonderry Hometown Online News as they become available.

Video UPDATE from Eagle Tribune on Hemlock Street Fire.

Video UPDATE from the Nashua Telegraph


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  1. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Brian

    I spent every weekend at that house for the past 2 years Becky was practically my sister and Fran was another mother to me. I loved them both very much and may they Rest in Peace.

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