Groveland New Home Fire Not Considered Suspicious

Groveland firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire on Sunset Circle. (Photograph courtesy of Groveland Fire Department)

A two-alarm morning fire Thursday at a Groveland home under construction is not considered suspicious.

No injuries were reported at the Sunset Circle property, across from 908 Salem St., after fire broke out just before 8 a.m. The home, however, received “extensive structural, heat and smoke damage,” said Fire Chief Robert Lay.

“We have no reason to believe that this fire was the result of suspicious activity,” Lay said. “After an initial investigation, we believe the cause of the fire to be accidental.”

Groveland and Georgetown firefighters were the first to arrive at the ranch-style, wood frame home. Shortly thereafter, a second alarm was ordered, and the Boxford and West Newbury fire departments arrived to assist, while the Haverhill and Merrimac fire departments covered Groveland stations.

The fire, which destroyed a large portion of the first floor, with extension into the basement, was extinguished by 8:39 a.m., but firefighters remained on scene until 11:45 a.m., putting out hot spots and overhauling the interior.