GLOUCESTER — Chief Eric Smith reports that the Gloucester Fire Department battled a building fire on Saturday morning.
Fire crews were dispatched to 93 Western Ave. at 9:38 a.m. for a report of a kitchen fire in a single family house.
Residents were evacuated from the home by a fast-arriving Gloucester Police Officer who was on patrol nearby. Chief Smith credited Patrol Officer Scott Duffany for his quick actions. Officer Duffany also used a handheld fire extinguisher to partially knock down the fire as firefighters were arriving.
The fire was then quickly extinguished by fire crews in a one-alarm fire response.
Thanks to the quick work of police and firefighters working in concert for public safety, damage was limited to only the kitchen area, and there were no injuries.
“This is a fine example of public safety teamwork in action,” Chief Smith said. “Thanks to Officer Duffany and the quick response of our Gloucester firefighters, a family home was spared major damage today.”
Rockport and Beauport EMS provided coverage to Gloucester during the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it appears to have been an accident.