STONEHAM — Chief Matthew Grafton reports that the Stoneham Fire Department responded after a fire broke out in the basement of a home today.
At 2:44 p.m. Stoneham Fire was dispatched to 13 Bow St. for a report of a fire. Upon arrival, crews observed heavy fire showing in the basement of the home and determined that everyone who had been inside the home had evacuated safely.
Firefighters made an aggressive attack inside the basement and struck a second alarm, drawing mutual aid support from the Wakefield, Reading, Winchester, Woburn and Melrose Fire Departments to the scene. The Malden, Medford and Saugus Fire Departments provided station coverage.
Stoneham Auxiliary Fire Department, Stoneham Department of Public Works, Boston Sparks’ A-10 rehab unit and Action Ambulance also provided assistance on scene.
“This was a significant fire, but fortunately there were no injuries as everyone was able to escape the home safely,” Chief Grafton said. “Stoneham Fire crews, with the invaluable support of our mutual aid partners, did an excellent job in quickly extinguishing this fire upon their arrival. I want to thank everyone who answered the call today and provided assistance.”
The home was deemed uninhabitable as a result of extensive fire damage in the basement, as well as significant smoke, heat and water damage throughout the home, and the residents will be staying with family temporarily.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Stoneham Fire and Police investigators.