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follow Patrick 2018 Apr 29, 3:04pm
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CONCORD — Hours after the city’s largest fire in years ripped through an apartment construction site Tuesday, residents who were evacuated from a downtown apartment complex next door still awaited word of when they could return home. ...The fire ignited about 1 a.m. When crews arrived from a station two blocks away, they called for a third alarm immediately, McAlister said. The fire burned a 260-square-foot stretch of building that occupies 2.75 acres of property.“Typically, we’d go first alarm, second alarm, third alarm,” McAlister said. “They encountered so much fire that they went straight to the third.”Investigators said it’s far too early to determine whether the fire was intentional, and officials did not comment on reports that a person was seen near the blaze when it began. ...“We have a housing shortage, and any number of houses that are lost will have an impact,” Birsan said. ...ATF Special Agent in Charge Jill Snyder said, “It’s way too early to know if it was accidental or intentional,” and added that it’s “also way too early to know if it was related to other major construction fires that have happened in the area in the last several years.”
Yeah, we know one landlord who has most of his rentals right there, in Concord.