WHITMAN — Chief Timothy Clancy reports that the Whitman Fire Department extinguished a fire at a home on West Street early this morning.
At approximately 5:35 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, Whitman Fire received a call for a structure fire at a two-story residential home at 137 West St. in town. Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear exterior of the second story of the home.
A second alarm was struck for additional manpower as firefighters began an aggressive attack. Upon entering the home firefighters found that the fire had extended into the first floor of the structure.
The fire was knocked down after approximately 30 minutes. Firefighters remained on scene for hours conducting overhaul of the building.
All occupants of the home were out of the building by the time firefighters arrived on scene. It is reported that a passerby who was walking his dog saw the fire and alerted the occupants, allowing them to safely exit the building by the time crews arrived.
Fire crews from East Bridgewater, Brockton, Hanson and Rockland responded to the scene, as did ambulances from Halifax and Norwell. Bridgewater Fire provided station coverage.
The home is uninhabitable as a result of the fire, and the damage is estimated to be approximately $100,000. The residents of the home have found temporary housing.
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.
The fire remains under investigation by the Whitman Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.