West Newbury Fire Department puts out a four-alarm blaze in the early morning
WEST NEWBURY – Chief Michael Dwyer reports that the West Newbury Fire Department and mutual aid partners extinguished a four-alarm house fire early this morning.
At 3:29 a.m. Friday, May 27, the West Newbury Public Safety Dispatcher received a 911 call from a homeowner who reported flames rising from his home, 374 Middle St. Before firefighters arrived, the owner came out of the house with their pets.
Upon arrival, firefighters found the rear roof of the one-and-a-half-storey wood-frame house completely covered in flames and smoke. Firefighters launched an aggressive exterior attack to bring down the strong flames.
At around 4:20 a.m., the crews sounded a third alarm and eventually went to a fourth alarm for additional manpower. By 4:42 a.m., the majority of the fire was under control.
No injuries were reported to occupants or firefighters.
Firefighters at the scene stretched about 1,200 feet of hose and used about half a dozen tanker trucks to maintain the water supply, both labor-intensive processes.
The majority of the fire was brought under control around 4:42 a.m. The owner and his pets were moved.
The origin and cause of the fire is being investigated by the West Newbury Fire Department and the State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the Office of the state fire marshal.
West Newbury Police Department responded to the scene to assist with traffic. During the incident, Middle Street in the Garden Street area was closed to traffic but has since reopened.
Mutual aid at the scene was provided by firefighters from Newburyport, Groveland, Georgetown, Newbury, Boxford, Hampton Falls, Amesbury, Haverhill, Middleton, Plaistow and the Seacoast Chief Fire Officers Mutual Aid District Air Trailer. Atlantic Ambulance also responded to the scene to provide drug treatment.
Firefighters from the Merrimac, Salisbury, Newton, Rowley and Kingston, New Hampshire, Fire Departments provided station coverage.
National Grid responded to the scene to shut off power. Building and electrical inspectors were also on site.
“I want to thank all of our mutual aid partners and other agencies who have supported us, including Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire and Groveland Fire Chief Robert Valentine,” Chief Dwyer said. “It was a tough fire and a good demonstration of the power of helping each other.”