Homes destroyed by five-alarm fire in Scituate

A five-alarm fire broke out in Scituate Friday night and required the assistance of over eight additional fire crews.

A firefighter in gear looks on as flames continue to burn among the remains of several waterfront homes. Though it is nighttime, the flames illuminate the scene in a dim orange light.
Multiple homes caught fire on Glades Road in Scituate Friday. Jonathan Wiggs / The Boston Globe

Five beachfront homes were destroyed during a five-alarm fire in Scituate Friday night. 

The fire began around 8 p.m. at 72 Glades Road near Minot Beach and spread quickly, according to The Boston Globe. The two homes on either side were quickly engulfed in flames as well. 

A total of five structures were destroyed and two others were damaged by the flames, according to Scituate Fire Chief John Murphy. And it could’ve been worse if the winds were stronger that night.

Boston, MA – 3/24/2023 Multiple homes caught fire on Glades Rd. In Scituate. (Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff)

“Fortunately the wind wasn’t a big factor. It’s always a little bit of a factor by the ocean,” said Murphy. “It’s a blessing tonight that the wind wasn’t really strong, so that that was on our side. That kept everything from going down the block.”


The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

Fire crews from eight different communities came to assist in taking down the flames, according to WCVB.  

Locals, fire crews, and news stations took to social media to provide videos and information about the fire. 


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