SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Local News

June 20, 2014

Blaze rips through Danvers home (with video)

1 firefighter injured on scene of 3-alarm fire

DANVERS — A three-alarm fire ravaged the house at 8 Sylvan St. late Friday afternoon, leaving one firefighter injured.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 5:36 p.m. Friday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Neighbors poured out of their houses at the smell of smoke and sound of sirens. Linda Nareski, who has lived next door to the house for almost two years, said she didn’t think much of the smell at first.

“I smelled smoke, but it smelled like a bonfire,” she said. “They’d had fires in their backyard before.”

The owners and one family of tenants lived in the two-family Victorian, located across from Danvers Town Hall. No residents were injured in the blaze, but a black short-haired cat was rescued around 6:50 p.m.

“To the best of my knowledge, the [owner] left around 2:30 p.m. and the tenants weren’t home,” said Danvers Fire Chief Kevin Farrell on the scene. “It’s going to be a while before we know the origin of the fire.”

One Beverly firefighter, whose name was not released as of press time, was taken to the hospital with an undisclosed injury. He was conscious and alert when he left the scene.

The entryway to the home was scorched and charred by 6 p.m., and flames persistently appeared along the roof and in the melting black shutters. Smoke billowed out of what appeared to be an attic window in the front for hours.

“I think they did a great job,” said Farrell of firefighters on the scene. “It’s an older home, it’s what they call balloon frame construction. Once the fire gets into the walls, the chase is on. With the limited amount of people we had on duty today — 10 people — [they] did a great job trying to contain the fire.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror'
Comments Tracker