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· Fire destroys Goffstown meat processor, a well-loved family business
… fire at Lemay & Sons Beef…
· Goffstown meat shop open since 1960s destroyed in fire
Owner vows to rebuild
Fire destroys Goffstown meat processor, a well-loved family business
New Hampshire Union Leader
October 06. 2017
GOFFSTOWN — The production facility for a longtime commercial meat business was destroyed in an early morning fire Friday.
About 5:30 a.m., a caller reported a fire at Lemay & Sons Beef, located at 116 Daniel Plummer Road. Firefighters found fire in the back of the building and smoke throughout the 6,000-square-foot structure, according to Goffstown Fire Chief Richard O’Brien.
Firefighters were able to prevent fire from spreading to a neighboring shop and a residence that the processing plant was sandwiched between.
“The crews did a great job of containing the fire to the building of origin,” O’Brien said.
Getting water to the fire wasn’t a problem, but equipment inside such as smokers and commercial refrigerators made extinguishing it slow going, according to O’Brien.
“There was hidden fire everywhere,” he said.
The fire was under control about 10 a.m. and firefighters remained at the building into the afternoon to assure the fire did not spark back up.
The building appears to be a total loss, O’Brien said.
A third alarm had been sounded, bringing assistance from eight communities: Manchester, Bedford, Hooksett, Litchfield, New Boston, Dunbarton, Bow and Merrimack. Crews from Londonderry and Henniker provided station coverage while the other firefighters were at the Daniel Plummer Road blaze.
No one was injured in the fire or fighting it.
“It was unoccupied at the time,” O’Brien said.
The fire is under investigation, but the chief said it does not appear to be suspicious...
Goffstown meat shop open since 1960s destroyed in fire
Owner vows to rebuild
Ray Brewer & Cherise Leclerc, WMUR
Oct 6, 2017
GOFFSTOWN, N.H. —
Officials are trying to figure out what started a fire that gutted a family business in Goffstown.
The report of a fire came in about 5:30 a.m. Friday at Lemay and Sons Beef in Goffstown.
Goffstown Fire Chief Richard O’Brien said that firefighters’ first concern was to keep the fire from spreading.
“We also had numerous propane tanks that were right up against the building, with a flame impingement onto that,” O’Brien said.
O’Brien said that crews knew no one was inside the building so they mounted an exterior attack.
The building’s construction made it a difficult fire to fight.
“It's a total metal-enclosed building, so we've got a minimal number of points where you can get into the building,” O’Brien said.
At one point, firefighters were pouring more water on the fire than the hydrants could deliver, leading to a drop in pressure. The chief said it was strictly a defensive operation, as it was too dangerous to put firefighters inside.
“We did have collapse of several areas of the building, so we just didn't want to have a condition where we would have trapped firefighters,” O’Brien said.
The slaughterhouse and retail store has been in Goffstown since 1963.
Owner Rick Lemay said his father started the business decades ago. He said rebuilding is more about his customers than himself.
"It's overwhelming. I have to say it's probably more moving, the support that follows after something like this, than the actual event itself,” Lemay said. “You take for granted what you do for people until something actually happens."
Throughout the morning, people stopped by the scene, including employees like Jeffrey Durant, who has worked there for more than 20 years.
“I got a little teary-eyed when I got here, to be honest with you,” Durant said.