, Salem, MA

November 30, 2012

Ryal Side fire forces 4 from home


---- — BEVERLY — An early morning, two-alarm fire displaced four residents from their Ryal Side home yesterday.

The Fire Department received a call at 2:15 a.m. yesterday reporting an “out-of-control fireplace” at 16 Fosters Point, a 11/2-story wood-frame house overlooking the Danvers River.

Deputy fire Chief Bill Petrosino arrived first on the scene and saw smoke coming from the building. Inside, he found two occupants attempting to put out the fire. Petrosino and a Beverly police officer safely escorted the home’s four occupants out of the building.

Capt. Jeff Sirois and firefighter Matt Hart arrived in Truck 1 and stretched a hose into the first-floor living room. The fire had started in the wall behind the fireplace and was reaching the roof, so Sirois and Hart broke open the walls and ceiling to extinguish the heavy fire.

The crew from Engine 5 then arrived. Firefighters Steve White, Jay Terry and Brad Saunders climbed the aerial ladder of Truck 1 and cut a ventilation hole in the roof to remove heat and smoke and improve conditions for the firefighters working inside.

A third Beverly truck, Engine 3, arrived a short time later. At 2:32 a.m., Petrosino struck a second alarm for additional manpower, bringing fire crews from Salem, Danvers and Manchester-by-the-Sea.

Firefighters knocked down the fire by 2:47 a.m. Crews remained on the scene until 4:30 a.m. searching for any more hidden fire.

Fire officials said there were no injuries to firefighters or the occupants. The home cannot be occupied due to fire, smoke and water damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Lt. Bob Bergeron.

Fire crews from Wenham, Hamilton and Topsfield covered Beverly’s three fire stations during the incident.

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