Gloucester Fire Service extinguishes 3-alarm home fire

For immediate release

GLOUCESTER – Chief Eric Smith reports that the Gloucester Fire Department and mutual aid partners responded to and extinguished a 3-alarm house fire early Saturday morning.

On Saturday, May 28, at approximately 1:50 a.m., the Gloucester Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at 616 Western Ave.

Companies arrived to find flames coming from the second and third floors of a three-family house built in 1920. Residents had already evacuated the building.

A second alarm was raised when firefighters launched an aggressive interior attack on the fire, but were eventually forced by fire conditions to get out of the house and fight the fire from the outside.

A third alarm was eventually raised to bring more manpower to the scene, and around 20 off-duty Gloucester firefighters were called back to respond to the scene and fire station personnel.

The fire was brought under control around 4 a.m.

No injuries were reported. At least eight residents were displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross of Massachusetts has been advised to provide assistance to these families.

The three-family house suffered significant structural damage. A nearby home suffered siding damage, although firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to that home.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated by the Gloucester Fire Department, with the assistance of the State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the office. of the State Fire Marshal.

Beauport EMS and Essex Fire Service provided mutual aid at the scene, and Manchester-by-the-Sea, Hamilton and Danvers Fire Services covered Gloucester stations.

“Early morning fires are particularly dangerous, so we are grateful that no one was injured. Fires at this time of day highlight the value of smoke detectors,” Chief Smith said. to thank the firefighters who responded to this incident in car 3, rescue 1, engines 1, 2, 3 and 4, ladder 1, car 4 and our mobile aerial trailer, as well as our mutual aid partners . The companies reacted aggressively and worked well together.

Fire conditions upon arrival at 616 Western Ave., Gloucester. (Courtesy of Gloucester Fire Department)

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