GROVELAND, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — According to Groveland Fire Chief Robert Valentine, firefighters knocked down "a stubborn four alarm house fire" at a large 19th century home on Saturday night.
GFD responded to a call about the blaze at 25 Broad Street at around 10:30 p.m. Authorities said a neighbor had heard an explosion at the house, saw the fire start, and then ran next door and inside to wake the residents.
Since the home was constructed in the 1850's and had multiple additions, Chief Valentine said the fire was more difficult to extinguish.
“Because of the additions to the home and the voids in the way the residence was constructed, it was difficult to get to the fire,” said Chief Valentine. “The teamwork and mutual aid system worked perfectly in getting this blaze knocked down, and everyone did an outstanding job.”
Multiple ladder trucks and engines were at the scene as part of the firefighting effort, and nearly a dozen surrounding fire departments provided mutual aid and station coverage during the blaze.
Firefighters had the fire under control by 12:20 a.m. Sunday morning, and cleared the scene before 5 a.m. Two firefighters were taken to the hospital suffering from heat exhaustion and were treated and released.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Investigation Unit of the Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s office and Chief Larry Fisher from the Merrimac Fire Department.