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Cause of Hingham fire under investigation

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 25, 2013 03:41 PM

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Hingham firefighters are still investigating a blaze that occurred on High Street Thursday afternoon.

According to Fire Department staff, the attic fire occurred at around 3 p.m. at 284 High St., and caused an estimated $150,000 of damage to the $650,000 house.

“The house is not habitable, but [firefighters were] able to get the fire out with minimal damage,” said Kate Knorr, an administrative assistant to Fire Chief Mark Duff.

The biggest problem was the cold temperature, which froze water that made its way onto the roadway from firefighters trying to put out the blaze.

The road was subsequently shut down for two hours while firefighters worked on the building.

According to Knorr, a woman was in the home with her 10-week old at the time of the fire, but was able to get out before fire officials arrived. The woman’s husband was not at home.

No one was injured in the blaze.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was visible from the attic. Knorr wasn’t sure who dialed 911.

The State Fire Marshall inspected the property on Friday to help determine what caused the fire, yet the cause is still unknown, Knorr said.

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