Brookline, MA – A raging fire broke out at a home on Beaconsfield Road in Brookline on Saturday morning. The fire drew a huge response from the Brookline Fire Department, who fought the fire for more than an hour. No one was injured in the blaze.
According to authorities, firefighters were alerted to the fire at around 9 a.m. on Saturday. They arrived at the scene to find smoke and heavy fire coming from the roof of the two-story home. The four occupants of the home managed to escape unharmed.
Firefighters immediately went to work, fighting the blaze from the interior and venting multiple holes in the roof to help control the fire. The cold temperatures, however, made the situation even more challenging, forcing authorities to order a second alarm followed by a third.
The fire was brought under control by 10:30 a.m. The home suffered heavy fire damage on the second and third floors, as well as water damage on the first floor.
Brookline Fire Chief of Operations Colin O’Connell stated that the hydrant system held up well in the cold, but that they were having issues with ice. Crews put down salt and sand to reduce slip and fall hazards.
O’Connell said no firefighters were hurt during the incident. Fire crews from Cambridge, Boston, and Newton also assisted at the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities believe it to have been accidental. O’Connell stated that they believe the fire originated on the second floor, where the family had noticed some electrical issues and a slight odor of smoke.
Two families were displaced as a result of the fire, one of which had an eight-month-old baby. The Brookline community has come together to support these families during this difficult time. The total damage estimate is approximately $500,000.