Eric Smith, Fire Chief
8 School St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
For Immediate Release
Friday, Feb. 2, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Gloucester Fire Department Extinguishes Car Fire
GLOUCESTER — Chief Eric Smith reports that the Gloucester Fire Department extinguished a car fire that had extended into a home last night.
On Thursday, Feb. 2, at 8:10 p.m., the fire department received a report that a car, which was parked up against a house at 2B Lighthouse Way, had caught fire.
Upon arrival, crews found that the fire had extended up the exterior wall of the house, and the vehicle in the driveway was completely engulfed in flames. The homeowners were outside and were not injured.
Firefighters from Engine 1 and Rescue 1 began working on the first floor of the three-story wood frame home, where the fire had shattered two windows and was extending into the interior of the residence.
Crews also made an aggressive attack on the vehicle and the exterior of the home, and firefighters from Ladder 1 checked the second and third floors for smoke and heat damage.
“We were able to make a quick attack on this fire from all angles to get it under control and contain the extension to the first floor of the home,” Chief Smith said. “I want to commend crews for their hard work, especially given how cold it was last night.”
No injuries were reported.
The vehicle, a 2016 BMW sedan, was completely destroyed. Damage to the home and vehicle is estimated at $50,000. The Gloucester Assessor’s Office values the home at $750,000.
The origin and cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Gloucester Fire Department, the Gloucester Police Department and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.