A fire on Park Street destroyed a multi-family home and displaced 16 residents, according to the North Attleborough Fire Department.
According to Fire Chief Chris Coleman, the department received a call at approximately 6:48 a.m. on Jan. 6 of smoke coming from a two-and-a-half-story house at 76 Park St. Upon arrival, Coleman said dispatchers found smoke coming from the third floor of the house. Firefighters from the Plainville, Foxboro, Attleboro and Lincoln, Rhode Island Fire Departments, Mansfield MEMA Rehab and Providence Canteen Rehab provided mutual aid.
“Our aggressive response to this fire highlighted the importance of fire department staffing levels. By being fully staffed, we were able to conduct a coordinated attack that included us advancing hose lines, conducting searches and ventilating the building to prevent the fire from spreading while ensuring all occupants were safely evacuated,” Coleman said. “We would also like to stress the importance of smoke detectors as they were able to alert the residents to the fire and give them time to evacuate safely.”
The occupants of the house, 10 adults and six children, were able to evacuate before the fire spread. One male occupant was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustained during the fire. The first and second floors of the house sustained water and smoke damage, leaving the house uninhabitable. The occupants are currently being assisted by the American Red Cross.
Coleman said the cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the North Attleborough Fire Department and the State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit attached to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. According to the preliminary investigation, the fire does not appear to be suspicious.