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No injuries in 2 Braintree fires that caused thousands in damages

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 5, 2013 04:55 PM

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Braintree fire officials are investigating the cause of two fires in residential neighborhoods this week.

According to Deputy Dan McDonnell, the first fire started at 11:50 a.m. at 149 Quincy Ave.

The detached garage, approximately 16 by 24 feet, and a 23-foot boat were both engulfed in flames by the time fire trucks arrived, McDonnell said. Five fire trucks responded to the blaze and battled the fire for about an hour.

Though there were no injuries, the boat and garage were total losses, McDonnell said. Three windows in the abutting house were broken by the heat and a side door melted from heat exposure.

Fire officials estimate that there was approximately $60,000 in damage due to the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, though fire officials believe it to be accidental.

The second blaze occurred early Tuesday at 382 Commercial St.

According to McDonnell, the first floor tenant called police at 3:45 a.m. and reported being awakened by the smell of smoke.

Crews arrived and found that the attic space of second-floor residence, which was vacant, was on fire.

Crews believe that rodent activity in the wall started an electrical fire, which started in the ceiling of the pantry, extended to the wall and onto the second-floor rear porch.

A building inspector was called in to investigate.

Estimated damages were believed to be approximately $40,000; no one was injured.

Fire officials say the first floor tenant was lucky to be unharmed. “Thank God the tenant woke up to the smell, because the second floor was unoccupied at the time,” McDonnell said.

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