Wakefield firefighters stop two building fires on busy day



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WAKEFIELD FIRE AND RESCUE responded to a chimney fire at 11:30 a.m. at 138 Wentworth Rd. on Sunday, Jan. 16. The house was deemed uninhabitable once the fire was extinguished. (Mellisa Ferland photo) (click for larger version)
January 20, 2011
BROOKFIELD — A two-alarm fire called crews to 138 Wentworth Rd. in Brookfield on Sunday morning, Jan. 16, on a report of a chimney fire that was extending into the house. It took firefighters about an hour to get the blaze under control.

According to Wakefield Fire and Rescue Capt. Sam Morrill, the conditions quickly changed as initial crews arrived to find light gray smoke coming from the eaves on the left side of the house. Within five minutes, the gray had changed to black and smoke was coming from the eaves on the opposite wing of the u-shaped ranch house. Additionally, the pre-manufactured trusses, according to Morrill, were starting to burn very quick. This prompted the call for increased help with a second alarm.

Firefighters were able to gain access to the attic and knock down the flames. They also had to pull vinyl siding off and cut a hole through the exterior wall in the area of a woodstove and its attached metal stovepipe. And assurance that the fire was completely out was finally had, but not before the ceiling and sheetrock had to be torn out of two rooms. Firefighters also worked to shovel snow from the roof that was acting as insulation keeping the stubborn fire in.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation as of press time. The home was deemed uninhabitable, at least temporarily, but repairable as heating, electrical and general contractors arrived on scene to assess the damage.

The call came in at 11:30 a.m. and all fire departments cleared the scene by 5:30 p.m. They were called back an hour later for a smoke investigation which they deemed was not fire but rather possible steam from the temperature change. Wakefield Police periodically checked on the building throughout the night.

Brookfield does not have its own fire department and relies on Wakefield for that service. In addition to Wakefield crews, firefighters from Wolfeboro, Milton, Ossipee Corner, and Farmington responded to the scene while Acton Fire Department stood by at Wakefield's station.

Turns out it was a very busy day for Wakefield Fire and Rescue. In addition to this fire, they also responded to a medical call to treat a person having a seizure, checked a victim of a dog bite, responded to the intersection of Governors Road and Wentworth Road for a car into a telephone pole, and were called to Beverly Hills Drive for a car off the road that had partially rolled over. Then, at 7 p.m. they were called by neighboring Middleton to 6 Deer Run Rd. for a building fire. Crews were still at the Wakefield station taking care of equipment from the earlier building fire so were able to get on the road quickly to Middleton. The fire there was rapidly knocked down by the crew on Wakefield's Engine 3.

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