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Police Rescue Woman from Tyngsboro Fire

June 19, 2018

TYNGSBORO -- A pair of police officers rescued a woman from her smoke-filled home on Derby Lane after a blaze broke out on the structure’s back deck Tuesday afternoon.

The woman and both officers were treated by medical crews on scene before being transported to Lowell General Hospital for further treatment of smoke inhalation.

All three are listed in good condition, according to a press release.

The blaze broke out at 16 Derby Lane, which is part of a four-unit structure located in a wooded private drive off Sherburne Avenue.

Chris Traywisk, who lives in the townhouse located right next to 16 Derby Lane, called to report the fire.

While standing in her doorway Tuesday after the blaze had been put out, she recalled the incident. She said she was sitting inside her home when she smelled smoke. She initially thought the smell was burning leaves, but after five minutes passed, she decided something wasn’t right.

“So I got up to check,” Traywisk said. “I went out back and I could see smoke over on my neighbor’s deck. I leaned over the petition and there were flames.”

Traywisk immediately called 911 and emergency crews were on scene within minutes.

“It could have been a disaster, but it wasn’t,” Traywisk said. “Thank God for that.”

Tyngsboro Fire Chief Wes Russell said the fire, called in shortly before 2:30 p.m., was under control quickly. The press release stated, “within 10 minutes.”

“The fire on the deck extended into the walls of the house and into the basement,” Russell said as the fire crew wrapped up at the scene.

The blaze did not spread to any other units.

Police Chief Richard Howe praised the efforts of the officers who rescued the woman.

“These officers went above and beyond the call of duty today in order to ensure a resident’s safety and well being,” Howe stated in the release. “I am proud of them both and am grateful that everyone is doing well.”

The investigation into the cause of the fire remains ongoing, but a preliminary investigation suggests the cause of the fire may have been from discarded smoking materials, according to Tyngsboro Fire Capt. Chris Newton.

Russell said the resident of the damaged home will not be able to immediately return to the unit.

“It’s going to need some repairs,” he said. “Structural as well as utilities.”

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