Chief Thomas M. Judge
209 Walden Street
Concord, MA 01742
For Immediate Release
Friday, Dec. 27, 2019
Contact: Kelsey Bode
Email: [email protected]
Concord Fire Department Battling Major 4-Alarm House Fire
CONCORD — Fire Chief Thomas Judge reports that the Concord Fire Department is actively battling a major, 4-alarm fire that has destroyed a house on Fairhaven Hill Road.
Firefighters received a call at 9:37 a.m. this morning, Friday, Dec. 27, from a caretaker for a mansion located at 240 Fairhaven Hill Road. Upon arrival, crews saw smoke coming from the first and second floors of the home as well as the eaves.
Firefighters began an aggressive attack on the first floor, but it is believed the fire had already spread to within the walls of the home and possibly to the attic.
Due to the heavy fire within the home crews were pulled out of the interior and began a defensive attack. A fourth alarm was struck to bring additional manpower to the scene.
The house is located in a private residential neighborhood that is served by a small diameter potable water service. The service was installed in the 1920s and is fed by a common private water supply.
Five tanker trucks were called to aid in supplying water, and crews laid down a fire hydrant supply line from nearby Fairhaven Road.
No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire, and the homeowners were not home when the fire started. The house is said to be a total loss.
“This was a massive fire, and getting it under control has been even more difficult due to the water pressure issues in the immediate area,” Chief Judge said. “Our crews and the several neighboring companies that have responded acted quickly and aggressively, and will continue to work to fully extinguish the fire for several more hours as needed.”
More than a dozen local fire departments responded with assistance at the scene.
Crews are expected to be on scene through the evening, and Fairhaven Road remains closed while crews are working.
The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation by the Concord Fire Department and the Massachusetts Fire District 14 Regional Fire Investigation Team.