STOUGHTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Firefighting crews from multiple communities battled a massive fire that destroyed a Stoughton home Saturday afternoon.
Stoughton firefighters were responding to another fire in town when they got the call for the four-alarm fire on Center Street, near the Canton and Sharon town lines. They were assisted on scene by fire crews from Canton, Sharon, Avon, Brockton, Holbrook, Easton, Dedham, Westwood, Foxborough, and Braintree.
The fire also spread to and destroyed a car outside the house.
Several witnesses in the area said they heard a loud explosion, felt the ground shake, and then saw black smoke and flames billowing from the house. According to Stoughton Deputy Fire Chief James Brackett, the explosion was likely caused by oxygen tanks found inside.
"The way this building went up so quickly, it was astounding how fast this fire moved," Brackett said on scene. "And I can only say it probably was from those oxygen tanks cooking off and fueling the intensity of that fire."
Officials said no one was injured and the four residents of the home—two adults and two teenagers—were safe and accounted for. The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are assisting the displaced family.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.