Two Firefighters Suffer Heat Exhaustion Battling Four-Alarm Overnight Groveland Blaze

Groveland Fire Department responded to a four-alarm fire Saturday night. (Photograph courtesy of Groveland Fire Department.)

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion while knocking down a four-alarm house fire overnight in Groveland.

The unidentified firefighters were treated and released after responding to what Fire Chief Robert Valentine described as a “stubborn” fire at 25 Broad St. The fire was first reported around 10:30 p.m. by a neighbor who heard an explosion, saw the fire start and ran next door and inside the house to wake the residents.

“Because of the additions to the home and the voids in the way the residence was constructed, it was difficult to get to the fire,” said Valentine. “The teamwork and mutual aid system worked perfectly in getting this blaze knocked down, and everyone did an outstanding job.”

Mutual aid and station coverage were provided by West Newbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Amesbury, Merrimac, Haverhill, Georgetown, North Andover, Lawrence, Topsfield and Newton, N.H.

The large home was built in the 1850s with multiple additions. Multiple ladder trucks and engines were at the scene as part of the firefighting effort.

Firefighters had the fire under control by 12:20 a.m., Sunday morning, and cleared the scene at 4:46 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Investigation Unit of the Massachusetts Fire Marshal’s office and Chief Larry Fisher from the Merrimac Fire Department.

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