Crews fight large fire after explosion in Bradford, New Hampshire

A large fire broke out Thursday morning after an apparent explosion at a commercial building complex in Bradford. The fire broke out around 10:30 am at the site of the former Valley Fire equipment building. The complex now houses school buses for the Kearsarge School District and a mechanic’s shop. Arriving firefighters swiftly struck five alarms, and crews came from several surrounding towns to join the firefight. Huge plumes of smoke could be seen coming from the fire scene.Two men were rescued and transported to Concord Hospital before they were airlifted to Boston-area hospitals with critical injuries, officials said.”There was a garage door and some trusses from the roof on top of one of the victims,” ​​Fire Marshal Sean Toomey said. “We were able to get them out, and two people were transported to the hospital. A few police officers were also treated for minor burns.”Officials said witnesses told investigators the men were performing maintenance on a propane-powered school bus before the explosion . Officials said it’s not believed any other people were in the building at the time.Toomey told WMUR a debris field at the scene indicates some sort of explosion occurred, but what blew up or what caused the explosion is not known.Nikki Dubaere, who lives nearby, said she was feeding her horses when she heard an explosion and saw a massive mushroom cloud. She jumped in her car and headed to the scene of the fire.”It looked like the initial explosion had lifted off the roof of the building,” she said. “There was a bunch of other material inside and it was like little missiles going off inside of there. You could just hear voices of people screaming for help.”Officials said there were resource challenges during the initial part of the fire response due to limited water access and low staffing. A portion of Route 114 was shut down while crews battled the flames. Just across the street, diner owners Brian Brown and Kyla Hamel made their way to the area to make sure their building was not harmed. “I was told it possibly came over here so I just got in my truck — took me about 10 minutes to get here — just to make sure everything was safe,” Hamel said. The winds spared their restaurant, which is the only nearby building on Route 114. Officials with the Kearsarge Regional School District said administration leaders will meet to discuss how the fire could affect the return to school for students on March 7. Schools are currently in the middle of the February vacation. See raw video from near the scene:

A large fire broke out Thursday morning after an apparent explosion at a commercial building complex in Bradford.

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The fire broke out around 10:30 am at the site of the former Valley Fire equipment building. The complex now houses school buses for the Kearsarge School District and a mechanic’s shop.

Arriving firefighters swiftly struck five alarms, and crews came from several surrounding towns to join the firefight. Huge plumes of smoke could be seen coming from the fire scene.

Two men were rescued and transported to Concord Hospital before they were airlifted to Boston-area hospitals with critical injuries, officials said.

“There was a garage door and some trusses from the roof on top of one of the victims,” ​​Fire Marshal Sean Toomey said. “We were able to get them out, and two people were transported to the hospital. A few police officers were also treated for minor burns.”

Officials said witnesses told investigators the men were performing maintenance on a propane-powered school bus before the explosion. Officials said it’s not believed any other people were in the building at the time.

Toomey told WMUR a debris field at the scene indicates some sort of explosion occurred, but what blew up or what caused the explosion is not known.

Nikki Dubaere, who lives nearby, said she was feeding her horses when she heard an explosion and saw a massive mushroom cloud. She jumped in her car and headed to the scene of the fire.

“It looked like the initial explosion had lifted off the roof of the building,” she said. “There was a bunch of other material inside and it was like little missiles going off inside of there. You could just hear voices of people screaming for help.”

Officials said there were resource challenges during the initial part of the fire response due to limited water access and low staffing.

A portion of Route 114 was shut down while crews battled the flames.

Just across the street, diner owners Brian Brown and Kyla Hamel made their way to the area to make sure their building was not harmed.

“I was told it possibly came over here so I just got in my truck — took me about 10 minutes to get here — just to make sure everything was safe,” Hamel said.

The winds spared their restaurant, which is the only nearby building on Route 114.

Officials with the Kearsarge Regional School District said administration leaders will meet to discuss how the fire could affect the return to school for students on March 7. Schools are currently in the middle of the February vacation.

See raw video from near the scene:

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