No injuries reported, dogs rescued in overnight fire

CHARLTON — Three residents were taken to the hospital for smoke exposure and two family dogs were rescued as crews responded to a three-alarm fire just after midnight on Saturday.

The Charlton Fire Department was initially dispatched to a reported structure fire at 63 Main Street at 12:12 a.m., according to a press release issued on Saturday morning. A crew of four firefighters aboard Engine 3 arrived to the nearly 200-year-old colonial single-family home, located directly across the street from Charlton Federated Church, and immediately stuck a second alarm after local police on scene confirmed fire had been seen from second floor windows and that people may be trapped on the roof of the building. A third alarm was struck at 12:19 a.m. to bring in additional manpower through mutual aid. Emergency personnel from Auburn, Douglas, Dudley, Leicester, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Webster responded to the scene to provide mutual aid.

First responders hooked into a fire hydrant located next to the church and firefighters stretched a hand line to the property’s front yard while placing ladders around the home, built in 1820, for possible rescue efforts. According to the fire department’s press release, the male believed to be trapped on the roof had been able to self-rescue just before firefighters arrived on scene. The identity of the male was not released.

Firefighters attacked the fire through the windows using a transitional attack, a method used to knock down as much visible fire as possible, and then immediately made entry through the front door to the second floor to attack the fire. A second hand line was stretched to help extinguish the fire and the roof was vented to eliminate hot gases and heat by incoming crews. The fire was deemed to be under control at 1:07 a.m.

The second floor of the home sustained significant fire damage, officials said. As of Saturday morning, the investigation into the cause of the fire remained ongoing. All fire personnel were clear of the scene at 2:58 a.m., at which time the building was turned over to a resident.

While no injuries were reported on scene, and two dogs were rescued and secured from the home, the Charlton Fire Department said three residents were taken to the hospital via mutual aid ambulance for smoke exposure as a precaution. The family was being assisted by the Red Cross for temporary lodging.

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