On Tuesday, January 17th, 2023, at approximately 06:00 hours, Somerville firefighters responded to a 911 call reporting that there was an active electrical fire at 32 Wigglesworth Street.
As units were arriving at the scene, they noted that smoke was omitting from the roof. Because of this, a working fire was struck, which brought in E1 and C3 units. Soon after, firefighters got to work.
Firefighters first order of business was to safely evacuate any remaining residents. Luckily, every resident was evacuated from the building before the fire had a chance to spread.
Since the dwelling was two stories, firefighters used Somerville Ladder 1’s stick to reach the roof along with multiple hose lines being stretched throughout the house. They also utilized thermal imaging cameras while attempting to knock the fire down, which showed high levels of heat in the roof area of the structure.
As the fire was relatively small, firefighters were eventually successful in knocking it down. Additionally, most of the damages from the fire were located on the roof and partially on the second floor of the building, which means repairs may be less expensive.
While the cause is believed to be electrical related, the specific cause of the fire is not yet known and is being investigated. There is no further information at this time. Thankfully no one was injured from the fire.