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Lebanon Fire Department

Posted on: February 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Vehicle Fire - Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

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February 7, 2022 - 1329 hours: The Lebanon Fire Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle fire in the parking garage on Level 7 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Upon arrival of Lebanon Car 1, Chief Christopoulos reported heavy smoke visible from Levels 6 and 7 on the Alpha Side of the building and assumed command. Lebanon Ladder 1 was sent to the Bravo side of the building to set up a portable standpipe. Lebanon Engine 9 made entry from the Charlie side stairwell and connected to the parking garage standpipe. Command received an update from dispatch that there may be a person in the vehicle. The assignment was upgraded to a full first alarm assignment bringing Hanover and Canaan, NH and Hartford and Norwich, VT Fire units to the scene. When personnel reached Level 7, they found a motor vehicle heavily involved in fire with another vehicle as an exposure. The parking garage fire sprinkler system had activated and was holding the fire to the vehicle of origin. Personnel were able to quickly extinguish the fire and a search of the vehicle found no one inside. Hospital security was able to confirm that both occupants of the vehicle had been accounted for. The incident was declared under control at 1406 hours and there were no injuries. Plainfield, NH and Woodstock, VT Fire units provided station coverage in Lebanon. All units cleared the scene at 1429 hours. The owner of the vehicle advised that the fire was caused by improperly disposed of smoking materials and is not considered suspicious at this time.

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