A three-alarm fire ripped through the top floors of a Medford home late this morning, causing extensive damage and collapsing parts of the roof, fire officials said.
Firefighters received a call of a fire in the two-story home on Sharon Street at 9:48 a.m., Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Ripley said. No one was injured, but two firefighters experienced a close call when part of the rear roof collapsed near where they were battling the blaze, he said.
Only one person was home at the time, and that person escaped, Ripley said.
Emergency crews were on scene in less than a minute, but the fire had already caused significant damage to the second floor, the attic and the roof, Ripley said. A house next door sustained heat damage to its siding, he said.
Units from Arlington, Malden, and Somerville also responded to fight the fire.
“Our response was right on the money, but the fire had gained considerable headway before we got there,” Ripley said.
No monetary estimates on the damage were immediately available. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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