No injuries as firefighters knock down fire on hot, humid evening

📸 Dudley Fire Department photo of fire at 164 Marcy Street in Southbridge.

SOUTHBRIDGE — Occupants of a century-old multi-family home escaped a three-alarm fire that brought dozens of area firefighters early Wednesday evening.

Southbridge Fire Chief Paul Normandin Jr. said approximately 60-70 firefighters from several area departments were on scene for the fire at 164 Marcy Street, near the intersection with Dresser Street and about one-third of a mile from the fire station.

Firefighters responded to a report of heavy smoke coming from the home at at 6:49 p.m., with first responders aboard Southbridge’s Engine No. 1 confirming smoke coming from the rear of the building at the roof line, Normandin said in a statement.

In order to battle the blaze a second and third alarm was rung, bringing in additional crews from the area. Mutual aid was received from Auburn, Charlton, Dudley, Leicester, Oxford, Spencer, Sturbridge, and Webster, as well as Connecticut departments including Bungay, Muddy Brook, and Quinebaug. Also on scene, Normandin said, was the Department of Fire Service from Stow rehabilitation unit along with Worcester Box 4 Canteen truck.

Though the investigation into the cause of the fire continues, Normandin said no civilians or firefighters were injured despite very hot and humid conditions. The American Red Cross was brought in to aid in providing temporary housing opportunities to those displaced by the fire.

According to local assessor records, the home was built in 1903 and is currently owned by John C. Hanson.

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