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July 9, 2013

Fire rips through Beverly home

Blaze in Beverly takes nearly two hours to control

BEVERLY — It took firefighters nearly two hours to get control of a fierce and stubborn blaze that ravaged a single-family home on Corning Street.

The two-alarm fire at 18 Corning St., a residential road near the Montserrat train station, appeared to have started in the garage and spread to the second floor and attic.

The blaze was called in at 5:51 p.m. and appeared under control when 10-foot flames suddenly erupted from the roof and back of the house shortly before 7 p.m.

More than two dozen firefighters from several communities fought the fire from the roof, inside the Cape-style home and from the ground, but flames moved from one part of the house to another as thick black smoke billowed from the roof and attic windows, drawing a large crowd on the normally quiet street.

Beverly Deputy Fire Chief Bill Petrosino called it a “significant loss.”

Fire officials said they don’t know the cause of the fire or its point of origin. An investigation is underway.

The three-bedroom home, which was built around 1937, is assessed at $425,600, according to city records. It is owned by Francis and Mary DeLeo, according to police.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Neighbors said the fire appeared to have started in the garage and had gotten worse after a series of “explosions.”

“Something inside the garage was kind of exploding when it first went up,” said David Huth, 46.

Theresa McGovern, 35, who lives across the street, had just returned from a jog when she saw flames in the garage and heard loud “explosion sounds.”

A business van parked near the one-car garage, which also was damaged, had the words “Liberty Interiors” on the side. The company’s website indicates it is a Beverly-based painting business owned by Fran DeLeo.

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