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Friday evening fire causes extensive damage to Fall River home, displaces 7



Photos courtesy of Ben J. Bierce

Fall River firefighters battled a fire at a 2-story home in the city Friday evening that caused considerable damage.

At approximately 8:15 p.m., a call came in for heavy smoke and flames showing at 160 Brayton Avenue which led to a response from 2 Fall River ladder trucks and a heavy rescue.

According to District Fire Chief Ambrose Smith, upon arrival, crews encountered heavy smoke from the second floor of the dwelling. Firefighters forced entry into the home and discovered heavy fire. The blaze extended into the attic.

Smith stated that it took 20-30 minutes to knock down the fire. Due to the insulation in the attic, a good amount of overhaul was needed and it was approximately one hour before the fire was completely extinguished.

Smith suspects that the fire was burning for some time before crews arrived to the scene.

The home is currently not livable which leaves five residents from the first floor and two residents from the second floor displaced. None of the seven were home at the time.

1 firefighter suffered a sprained ankle, but continued to remain on scene and work the blaze.

Preliminary investigation reveals that the cause of the fire was likely electrical.

Approximately $200,000 worth of damage was done to the home, according to Smith, along with $30,000 in property damage.

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