EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 17, 2013

Pelham home destroyed in 3-alarm blaze

By Mark E. Vogler

---- — PELHAM — A 3-alarm blaze destroyed a home at 3 Spring Street Extension last night.

“The house is still standing, but it’s a total loss,” Acting Pelham fire Chief Ray Cashman said.

“It was an hour and a half before we got it under control. We were fighting a brush fire on Route 38 when the call came in at about 6:30,” Cashman said.

None of the residents were injured. The house sits a short distance from Little Island Pond. Cause of the fire remained under investigation last night.

High winds coming off the pond, the remote location of the home and access to water created some difficulties in battling the fire, according to Cashman.

“The high winds just fueled the fire and made it take off faster,” the chief said.

“We got called for a brush fire that was now on the side of the house. And due to the location of the home, it takes a while for us to get out there. The roads out there are narrow and hard to access. It was tough getting our trucks in there,” he said.

All the water had to be transported in by tanker and mutual aid trucks. Cashman said that a Derry tanker eventually was able to set up near the pond and draft water.

When firefighters arrived, they had to contend with another potential problem: two large propane tanks outside the home.

Many area fire departments assisted Pelham firefighters last night.