Crews in Lynn Battle 3-alarm Fire on Saturday

On Saturday, January 7th, 2023, at approximately 10:40 hours, The Lynn Fire Department received a call reporting a fire in the basement of 13 Valley Avenue. Box 418 was immediately struck. Upon their arrival, Lynn Engine 1 ordered a Working Fire assignment for the box as they were met with smoke and fire showing, bringing additional resources to the scene.

Initial reports suggested the fire was primarily in the basement of the home. Luckily, the four residents had self-evacuated before responders arrived. Each party appeared relatively unharmed, but clearly shaken by their dire situation. Lynn Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan stated that, because the family had working smoke detectors, they were able to escape their home safely.

Lynn Firefighters were met with numerous hydrant issues upon their arrival, adding to the challenges of fighting the fire. As companies worked to knock down the fire, a 2nd alarm was struck. An order was given for all firefighters on scene to stay out of the basement of the home due to unsafe conditions.

As firefighters were continuing their attempt to knock down the fire, a third alarm was struck. Since the fire was growing more and more severe but the conditions in the basement were too precarious for responders to enter, they ultimately decided to try and quell the flames from the outside. To do this, they sprayed a high-power hose through a window that led to the basement.

After multiple long hours of trying to knock down the fire, Lynn Firefighters finally found success. However, the damages to the home were extensive and it has not been determined how much these damages will cost. Crews remained on the scene to check the home for hot spots and assure everyone’s safety.

The Red Cross of Massachusetts and the Salvation Army were also spotted at the home, assisting by giving the residents blankets and food as well as emotional care that they desperately needed. Both organizations are assisting in finding the family a temporary living situation.

Although the fire was knocked down, the cause of the fire is still unknown. The Lynn Fire Department is still actively investigating this case and there is no further information.