WEST NEWBURY — Chief Michael Dwyer reports that the West Newbury Fire Department and its mutual aid partners responded to a 4-alarm fire at a home on Reeds Lane today.
At approximately 12:15 p.m., West Newbury Fire received a report of a lawnmower fire near a home at 2 Reeds Lane.
Upon arrival, firefighters observed heavy smoke and flames fully engulfing the side of a single-family home and an attached deck. Second, third and fourth alarms were subsequently struck and fire departments from numerous surrounding communities came to assist.
Members of the Boxford, Merrimac, Groveland, Georgetown, Newburyport, Amesbury and Newbury fire departments responded to the scene to assist. The South Hampton Air Trailer, Atlantic Ambulance and West Newbury Police Department also responded to the scene. The Haverhill, Salisbury, Newton, NH and Plaistow, NH fire departments responded to provide station coverage.
National Grid responded to the scene to shut off power to the home.
No injuries were reported and the residents of the home were able to safely escape prior to firefighters’ arrival.
Due to extensive damage, the home was deemed uninhabitable and the family is displaced as a result of the incident.
The scene was cleared by 3:35 p.m.
Bachelor Road was closed while the scene remained active. The road has since been reopened.
“Amesbury Fire Chief Berkenbush and I were at the Lower Merrimack Valley Regional Collaborative Vaccine Clinic when I first received the call for the fire,” Chief Dwyer said. “We quickly left the clinic to respond to the scene to assist first responders. Thanks to their immediate and efficient response, we were able to quickly knock down the flames.”
The origin and cause of the fire is under investigation by the West Newbury Fire Department.