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2-alarm Fire Probed in Tyngsboro

January 4, 2018

TYNGSBORO -- The cause of a blaze that broke out in the basement of a two-story home at 4 Shetland Circle Wednesday afternoon is under investigation.

Tyngsboro Fire Chief Wes Russell said at the scene the blaze was discovered by an occupant of the home who came home around 3 p.m. to find a wall of smoke pouring out a doorway.

“Upon our arrival there was heavy smoke coming out of the garage doors and there was heavy fire in the basement,” Russell said about 5 p.m., shortly after the two-alarm fire had been knocked down.

He noted that one firefighter partially fell through a floor during the blaze’s battle, but was uninjured.

No injuries were reported, though Russell pointed out a dog was found dead inside the structure by firefighters.

“It was probably a smoldering fire for a period of time,” Russell said. “It was probably smoke conditions that killed the dog before we arrived, most likely.”

An investigation into the cause of the fire started shortly after 5 p.m.

“All we know right now is that the area of origin is in the basement,” Russell said.

The occupants of the home will be staying with family due to the heavy damage done to the structure.

“There’s significant damage to the basement and the first floor and the heat, electricity and water have all been disabled throughout the whole house,” Russell said. “It’s not able to be occupied at this point.”

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