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Cause of Hingham fire under investigation

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 10, 2012 10:45 AM

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Police are still investigating the cause of a Hingham house fire near Route 3A that significantly damaged the upper story, but did not cause any injuries.

According to Fire Chief Mark Duff, the fire occurred at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, and was in two bedrooms in the second-story of the house on One Windjammer Way in Hingham.

Two occupants were in the house at the time – the homeowner's son and his friend, both men in their 20s. Although there were no working smoke detectors in the home, the men were awoken by the blaze and able to get out of the house, Duff said.

“They are extremely fortunate that they got out,” Duff said.

The family cat was killed in the blaze.

Fire personnel, including an engine from Hingham and one from Hull, were able to get the blaze under control within 15 minutes. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“Firefighters did an outstanding job, they [were] aggressive,” Duff said. “Cause of fire is being investigated by the Hingham Fire Department Fire investigation team, and we had 3A shut down for a while due to hoses running across them.”

Duff classified the fire response as “textbook,” saying, “everything went the way it should.”

According to Duff, the house can be rebuilt, but currently is uninhabitable, as there was extensive damage to the second floor and smoke damage throughout the house.

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