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Groveland Fire Department Battles House Fire

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Firefighters conduct overhauling operations. (Courtesy Photo/Groveland Fire Department)
GROVELAND — Interim Fire Chief Richard York reports that the Groveland Fire Department battled a house fire on Friday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to 932 Salem St. at 1:24 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a worker at a neighboring building. Upon arrival, Groveland Engine 2 noted smoke showing from a single family house.

Firefighters were able to make an aggressive attack on the fire, which had gotten into a wall near the chimney. The aggressive work of firefighters limited the interior damage to light smoke and water damage. There was also damage to the exterior siding and walls.

The fire was extinguished and Groveland Building Inspector Sam Joslin verified that the building was sound before it was turned back over to the owners.

“This is an excellent example of a fast response time and terrific work by firefighters once they were on scene,” Chief York said. “Thanks to the efforts of our Groveland firefighters and mutual aid partners, a home was saved this afternoon.”

No one was home at the the time and no firefighters were injured. One family dog was rescued by the first arriving firefighters.

The Georgetown and Haverhill Fire Departments responded to the scene to provide mutual aid while the West Newbury and Newburyport fire departments provided station coverage for Groveland. Trinity EMS also responded with an ambulance and a supervisor, and the Groveland Police Department was on scene as well.

The origin and cause of the fire are under investigation.

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