EAST BRIDGEWATER – Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Timothy Harhen reports that the East Bridgewater Fire Department responded to a serious house fire on Monday afternoon.
A resident dialed 911 at 5:08 p.m. to report a fire at their single family home, located at 632 West Union St. Upon arrival, the first fire companies on scene had a heavy smoke condition with fire inside the residence. A second and third alarm were struck in quick succession, sending additional fire department resources and mutual aid to the scene.
Both residents, who were the only people home at the time, had evacuated from the home by the time firefighters arrived. No one was hurt in the fire, which caused significant smoke and fire damage throughout the home. Chief Harhen estimated that the fire caused $500,000 in damage to the home
The East Bridgewater Police Department also responded, and mutual aid at the scene was provided by Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, Halifax, Hanson and West Bridgewater fire crews. The Rockland Fire Department provided station coverage to East Bridgewater during the incident. The Special Signal Fire Association Providence Canteen also responded to provide fireground rehab services to the firefighters.
The two residents were unable to return home and will be staying elsewhere.
The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation by the East Bridgewater Fire Department and the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office. Chief Harhen reports that a preliminary assessment indicates that the fire was likely not suspicious in nature.