By Bethany Bray
---- — IPSWICH — Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze at a Woods Lane garage yesterday evening.
Ipswich’s entire fire shift responded to 9 Woods Lane at the intersection of Old England Road at 6:25 p.m. Crews arrived to find the second floor of the free-standing garage fully engulfed, said Lt. Jeff French.
Firefighters were able to knock down the fire within 15 or 20 minutes and worked hard to keep it from spreading, French said. The garage was 15 to 20 feet from the house.
“The guys did a great job; they really did,” he said. “They had a good initial attack. They were able to get the fire knocked down and worked together.”
Although the fire’s cause remains under investigation, it doesn’t appear to be suspicious, French said. No injuries were reported.
Crews from Hamilton, Rowley and Topsfield were called in to cover Ipswich’s fire stations during the fire.
The two-car garage was under construction and didn’t have garage doors installed yet, he said. It appears the fire started on the second-floor loft area of the building.
While the lower half of the building is salvageable, the upper half will have to be torn off and rebuilt, French said.
The residents of 9 Woods Lane were not home when the fire started but arrived home while the Fire Department was on scene, French said.
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