Friday, October 2, 2009 Dighton, Massachusetts

Early Morning Fire Levels House In Dighton

At 01:00 on Friday Morning Dighton Firefighters were dispatched to 1527 Wellington Street on the Rehoboth Town Line for a reported structure fire. Police officers arrived on scene and reported a active fire with fire thru the roof moments later Car 1 arrived and reported a two story dwelling fully involved and Requested a Rehoboth Tanker. The first due engine arrived and was forced to forward lay from the hydrant which was about 1000 feet away down a long driveway to adequately maintain a water supply. Incident command requested the balance of a working fire assignment which brought additional mutual aid from Rehoboth, Taunton, Swansea the Rehoboth ladder is on the working fire run card but canceled due to lack of accessibility. Heavy fire burned through out the building for hours, eventually the town was requested with a back hoe and fireground operations were halted to allow the Dighton ladder to get to side one and setup a elevated stream. The dwelling which was in various states of decay was a complete loss, No injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation but is likely caused by the chimney which was constructed of multiple 55 gallon drums welded together.

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