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For Immediate Release
February 3, 2015
For more information contact:
Max Schultz, Assistant Director

Fire Investigated at Merrimack County Superior Courthouse

New Hampshire State Fire Marshal J. William Degnan and Concord Fire Chief Dan Andrus announce that a fire is being investigated at the Merrimack County Superior Courthouse in Concord. The Concord Fire Department was called to the building at 10:13 a.m. by an automatic fire alarm activation. The fire department arrived on scene at 10:18 a.m. to find smoke in the building and a fire sprinkler activated in the vending machine room located on the first floor. The building was closed and secure at the time of the fire. Fire damage was contained to the vending machine room and there is some smoke and water damage to other parts of the building.

The Concord Fire Department, the State Fire Marshal's Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives all had fire investigators on scene and conducted a joint investigation. The preliminary cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental and originated in a vending machine located on the first floor of the building.

State Fire Marshal Degnan stated that fire sprinklers not only save lives but also save property. In the case of this fire, the fire spinkler system prevented a much larger fire and loss of county property as well as reduced the danger to firefighters.

Any further inquiries can be directed to Concord Fire Marshal Sean Brown at (603) 225-8650 or the State Fire Marshal's Office, Assistant Director Max Schultz at (603) 223-4289.

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