Fire Destroys Portsmouth Condos

Portsmouth, N.H. — Fire officials are investigating a five-alarm fire at an upscale waterfront condominium complex in Portsmouth that caused more than $1 million in damages. A fire that broke out around 6:30 p.m. Friday sent flames through the third floor of the brick condominium building on Bow Street, destroying the center portion of the roof and causing extensive damage throughout. Nobody was injured in the fire.

Assistant Fire Chief Steve Achilles told the Portsmouth Herald that because each unit in the complex is valued at more than $600,000, damages in all likelihood will exceed $1 million. He said of the building’s 18 units, at least six were left uninhabitable.

He said the fire started in a chimney and spread from there.