MIDDLEBOROUGH – Fire Chief Lance Benjamino reports that the Middleborough Fire Department extinguished an exterior fire at a home on Southwick Street last night.
At approximately 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, Middleborough Fire responded to a report of a house fire at 5 Southwick St. Firefighters from Engine 4, Tower 3, Ambulance 1 and the Shift Commander in Car 91 from the Central Fire Station were the first to respond to the scene.
Shift Commander Capt. David Taylor struck a box alarm, summoning the Chief, off-duty and on-call firefighters. Upon their arrival, Capt. Taylor assumed command and reported heavy fire on the exterior of the two-and-a-half story multi-family home.
Firefighters from Engine 4 quickly worked to attach a supply line from the hydrant at Oak and Southwick streets before deploying a hose line to the fire. Firefighters conducted an aggressive exterior attack and had the fire under control in approximately one hour.
Fire crews then made entry into the home and conducted a search to ensure that no one was left inside and that there was no interior fire. No one was inside the home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
Middleborough Building Inspector Bob Whalen responded to the scene to examine the structure for structural damage and to assist with housing the two displaced tenants.
Chief Benjamino estimates that the home sustained about $50,000 in damage.
Capt. Timothy Reed of Code Enforcement also responded to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Middleborough Fire Department. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.