WOBURN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The three-alarm fire that destroyed a triple-decker in Woburn has been ruled as an arson.
The building on on Sturgis Street was set ablaze just after 5 a.m.
Everyone who lived there got out safely. A dozen residents were displaced, according to the State Fire Marshal.
One firefighter was treated at the scene for exhaustion.
Cathy English lived in the home for 40 years, along with her mother, who owned it.
"At 4:30 a.m., the alarms woke me up," she told WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal. "My grandson lives with us, so him and I ran and got my mother, who is 81, out of the bedroom."
Crews from several departments responded to the blaze.
While crews at the front of the house put out hot spots, Massachusetts State Police investigators focused their attention on a shed hundreds of feet behind the home that housed a motorcycle.
"The investigation is still underway, so I'm not at liberty to speak to anything to that degree," Woburn Fire Chief Steve Adgate said. "But I will say that, because of the nature of the condition of the home, between us and the building department, we consider it a total loss."
The building will be torn down.
Woburn Police asked the public to avoid the area of Sturgis Street, which was closed Friday morning.
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports