A fire at an apartment house in Somersworth displaced 14 adults and children plus a pet turtle late Sunday morning, according to fire chief George D. Kramlinger.

Firefighters were called to the building at 9 Linden Street that houses five units around 11:50 a.m. with over a dozen fire companies responding to the fire, Kramlinger told Seacoast Current, which sent thick smoke into the air that could be seen for several miles around.

One resident was injured during the fire but no fire fighters were hurt, the chief said. Pictures show much of the back of the yellow house-like structure facing Winter Street blackened by the flames.

The American Red Cross of Northern New England said it provided shelter for the residents of the building.

"The fire was knocked down relatively quickly. Our guys used great tactics and got in there real quick and knocked the bulk of the fire down. It's just that being an older building they type of construction involved requires the ceilings and the walls to be taken apart to look for hidden fire,"  Kramlinger That's what took the bulk of the time after the initial fire was knocked down."

A cause of the fire remained under investigation.

A GoFundMe page was created for at least one resident and musician named Grymey and his family who lost everything in the fire, according to 6OH3 Records which created the fund.

Smoke from a fire at an apartment house on Linden Street in Somersworth
Smoke from a fire at an apartment house on Linden Street in Somersworth (Ed Honaker)

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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