Timothy J. Grenno, Fire Chief
56 Temple St.
Whitman, MA 02382
For Immediate Release
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
WHITMAN — Chief Timothy J. Grenno reports that the Whitman Fire Department responded to a chimney fire Saturday night.
At 9:33 p.m., Whitman firefighters were dispatched to 134 Bayberry Road for a report of a chimney fire. While en route, firefighters were notified that flames had extended into the building.
Upon arrival, crews observed light smoke showing from the ride room of a 1 1/2 story wood frame home and subsequently determined that smoke was exiting through the roof of the home. Firefighters quickly extended a hose line into the side room of the home, where a fire in a wood stove had extended to the chimney, exterior wall and ceiling.
The location of the fire presented firefighters with unique challenges, requiring them to do extensive work opening up of the home’s ceiling and wall in order to fully extinguish the flames.
“Our firefighters did an excellent job extinguishing a fire under complex circumstances,” Chief Grenno said.
There were no injuries as a result of the fire, and the home’s lone occupant spent the night with a family member.
Whitman firefighters were supported on scene by crews from the Abington, East Bridgewater and Hanson Fire Departments.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The damage to the home was estimated at $40,000.