Blaze leaves Northborough home uninhabitable
By Bonnie Adams, Government Editor
Northborough –Crews from three towns assisted the Northborough Fire Department at a late afternoon fire yesterday at 33 St. James Drive. No one was injured although the one-alarm blaze left the home, owned by the Starzyk family, uninhabitable according to Fire Chief David Durgin.
A resident at the home called 911 after smelling smoke but was unable to locate the source, Durgin said.
A rapid-response team from Marlborough and Westborough assisted at the fire while a crew from Southborough covered at the Northborough fire station during the call, he added.
“Conditions had quickly deteriorated at the house by the time the crews had arrived,” he said.
Durgin noted that the direct fire damage was confined to a small area but the remainder of the home, including a first floor apartment, received extensive smoke damage.
One bit of good news, he said, was that firefighters were able to rescue a small dog from the second-floor. The dog was then brought to a local veterinarian for treatment.
Jeanine M. Vitale is a neighbor of the Starzyk family. She and other neighbors gathered to watch as the crews battled the blaze after realizing it was close to their own homes.
“I was working from home in the back of the house and heard the fire trucks nearby which is not remarkable as I live only a few blocks from the fire house,” she said. “However, I soon sensed that they seemed very close this time.”
“I finally realized that there was commotion on the street in front of my house, where the fire hydrant is, and looking out the window I saw the fire engines a few houses down the block at my neighbors’ home,” she added.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Durgin said.
(All photos/courtesy Jeanine M. Vitale, Prism Point Photography)
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