Marlborough firefighters battle two-alarm house fire

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Marlborough firefighters battle two-alarm house fire
The aftermath of the fire at 50 River Street. The Marlborough Fire Department was called to the fire early June 5. (Photo/Ron Ayotte)

MARLBOROUGH – The Marlborough Fire Department battled the second two-alarm fire in two weeks in the early morning hours of June 5.  

The Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 call at 4:53 a.m. reporting a structure fire at 50 River Street.  Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Rescue 1, Truck 1 and Car 5 responded.

The residents of the home were outside upon the Marlborough Fire Department’s arrival.

The first arriving MFD unit, Engine 1, found heavy fire coming from the first floor of the home, extending to the second floor and attic area.  A second alarm for the fire was quickly transmitted, bring mutual aid to the scene from the Hudson, Southborough, Sudbury and Northborough Fire Departments. 

The Westborough and Framingham Fire Departments provided coverage at Marlborough’s fire stations.

Assistant Chief of Operations Jeff Gogan said the residents were alerted to the fire by their smoke alarms and the family dog. 

“The first due firefighters made an aggressive interior attack. We had an extra firefighter assigned to Truck 1 on that duty tour, and that extra firefighter made all the difference when opening up the roof in multiple spots. They literally saved the building,” said Gogan.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist the residents. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Marlborough Fire Department’s Fire Investigation Unit.  Initial damage estimate is approximately $300,000.

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