Marlborough firefighters battle early morning fire
A two alarm fire ripped through a two family home at 9 LaCouture Court, displacing at least three people.
The fire was discovered by a police cruiser in the area. A fire officer working at a firewatch detail nearby reported heavy smoke showing and ordered the first alarm to be struck at 4:54 AM. Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Rescue 1 and Tower 1 responded. Police on scene reported that everyone was out of the house. On arrival, the Lieutenant on Engine 2 reported heavy fire conditions from the second floor and burning through the roof and requested Ladder 2, which was on its way to Headquarters to cover the city from that location to go directly to the fire. Chief Jim Fortin Arrived in Car 1 and at 5:16 ordered a second alarm to be for the fire, bringing mutual aid Engine companies from Hudson and Northborough to the fire, and engines from Southborough and Sudbury to cover Stations 2 and 3. Off duty personnel were recalled to staff the Marlborough Fire Department’s reserve engines.
For safety reasons, the Marlborough Fire Department went to defensive operations and fighting the fire from the outside until it could be knocked down to the point that firefighters could enter to extinguish hot spots and overhaul the area, searching for fire hidden in the walls, ceilings and other void spaces. Firefighting efforts were hampered by the weather conditions, with high winds and freezing rain at the time. As the fire wound down, the mutual aid companies were released from the scene and stations.
One resident was transported to Marlborough Hospital for smoke inhalation. The incident was terminated at 11:02
The property is bank owned. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time and under investigation by the Marlborough Fire Department’s Fire Investigation Unit and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
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