EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Latest News

August 21, 2013

Early morning fire in Methuen

METHUEN —Firefighters responded to a two-alarm fire at 20 Spruce St. early this morning.

The first crew arrived on scene around 1:16 a.m., finding the occupants — a man, woman and 13-month-old child — on the pitched roof of a porch at the front of the two-story house.

Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Fragala said firefighters could barely see the people on the roof, through the thick, dark smoke pouring out of the house when they arrived.

"They were buried in the smoke," he said.

The fire crew was able to get the family down safely with a ladder. The woman and child were taken to Holy Family Hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. The man did not need treatment.

Firefighters put out the fire in an hour. The blaze caused heavy damage to the house, which Fragala said was a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Lawrence and Salem fire departments provided mutual aid during the emergency.

This story will be updated as more information is available.

Photographer Carl Russo contributed to this story.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Photos of the Week