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March 22, 2014

Firefighters put out blaze in Haverhill basement

HAVERHILL — The Fire Department put out a basement fire late yesterday afternoon.

About 5 p.m., firefighters responded to a basement fire at 9 Clinton St. When officials arrived on the scene, smoke and flames were coming from the three-story wooden building.

It took about an hour for firefighters to put out the blaze in the multi-family home. Officials said no injuries were reported.

Brandon Fitton, 25, who lives in the house, escaped the fire unharmed. He said he was on his computer working on his taxes when his smoke detector went off. Smoke poured into the hallway when Fitton opened the basement door to investigate, he said.

He said he immediately called 911 and got out of the building.

Officials had no information on the amount of damage caused by the fire. The structure of the house was saved, officials said.

Haverhill was assisted by firefighters from Lawrence, Methuen and Groveland. Red Cross workers also responded to help victims.

The cause of the fire is unknown, officials said.

Red Cross officials said six apartments in the building were damaged by the fire. One of the units is vacant. One resident was given emergency shelter at a hotel. The Red Cross also gave smoke packs, which contain detergents for cleaning grime and odor from bedding, as well as toiletries and other items, to residents.

Photographer Carl Russo contributed to this story.

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