PEABODY — A fire at the rear of a single-family ranch at 19 Oak Ave. in South Peabody Sunday night left both a firefighter and the homeowner with injuries.

Deputy Chief John Hosman said that one of his firefighters at the scene was taken to Lahey Medical Center in Peabody for treatment after he fell through the home's back deck. He was released later that night.

The homeowner also had to be taken to a hospital via ambulance, Hosman said, but he did not have any further information or the person's condition on Monday.

Crews were called to a report of a "working fire" at 9:23 p.m. "Heavy fire" was visible as Engine 5 arrived at the scene, from the rear of the home, Hosman said. The call initially came in as a deck fire that was spreading to the house.

Crews quickly knocked down the blaze. Hosman said Engine 5 "did a great job with the fire."

The fire was being investigated by the office of the State Fire Marshal and Fire Department investigators, Hosman said.

While the flames were knocked down quickly, he said, crews were still on scene until nearly 2 a.m.

The cause is still under investigation.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @TannerSalemNews.

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