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3 N.H. firefighters injured as chicken coop fire spreads to house

Three New Hampshire firefighters were hospitalized Sunday night after suffering injuries while fighting a fire that started in a home’s chicken coop and quickly spread into the house.

Two firefighters were rushed to hospitals for serious burn injuries, and a third was treated and released for a hand injury, said Claremont, N.H., Fire Chief Rick Bergeron today in a statement.

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The names of the firefighters are being withheld until their families are notified.

Claremont firefighters responded shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday to a fire on Cherry Hill Road. The flames had started in the home’s chicken coop and were quickly spreading into the house, the statement said.

The first group of firefighters entered the home to extinguish the fire, but sent out a mayday call several minutes later after the first three firefighters were injured.

The New Hampshire state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire, the statement said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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