STOW — Chief John Benoit reports that the Stow Fire Department and mutual aid partners responded to a three-alarm fire in a single-family home on Wheeler Road.
On Thursday, May 26, at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Stow Fire Department received a fire alarm notification for 83 Wheeler Road.
Crews responded and found smoke showing from a 2 1/2-story single-family home on a wooded hill.
There are no fire hydrants in the area, so a second and third alarm were quickly struck to get enough manpower and apparatus to the scene to stretch hose line and pump water approximately 2,000 feet uphill from a stream. The third alarm brought additional tanker trucks to the scene, as well as more firefighters to stretch approximately 2,000 feet of hose line.
There are no reported injuries.
The fire is under investigation by the Stow Fire Department with assistance from the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office and the District 14 Regional Fire Investigation Team.
A family-of-four was displaced by the fire, and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts was requested to provide assistance to the family.
Firefighters from Hudson, Clinton, Acton, Berlin, Maynard, Lancaster, Harvard, Bolton, Boxborough, Shirley, Concord and Sudbury provided mutual aid at the scene and at Stow fire stations.
“It was difficult to access water at this fire, but crews pushed through to setup an efficient tanker operation and to access water from a local stream,” said Chief Benoit. “I want to thank all of the firefighters who worked at this fire and all of our mutual aid partners for their hard work and support.”