Mutual aid responds to afternoon fire

By Shaun Moriarty
Citizen Chronicle Writer
shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com

OXFORD — Several towns responded to a two-alarm fire directly across from an elementary school this afternoon.

It was shortly after 1 p.m. that fire was reported from a two-story home at 17 Old Worcester Road, at the corner of Old Worcester and Depot Road. The home is directly across from the entrance to one of two parking lot entrances of the Clara Barton School, an elementary school that, according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, has 383 students in Grades 2, 3, and 4.

Through its social media presence, the Oxford Police Department stressed to the general public that the elementary school was not impacted by the fire. Police instructed Clara Barton School parents as to how to pick up their children from the school while firefighters worked to put out the fire.

Firefighters battled the fire as, authorities said, smoke was “billowing” out of the home. Around 1:45 p.m., firefighters were forced to evacuate the building after the roof partially collapsed. The fire was brought under control.

While the home’s residents have been displaced by the fire, so to are two family dogs. Oxford Police, shortly before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, said one of the dogs had been located while a yellow lab mix sporting a red collar was out of the home but on the loose. Authorities advised the dog is “super sweet” and named Maisy, requesting residents contact police if located.

Mutual aid was provided by several area fire departments, including Auburn, Charlton, Dudley, Leicester, Paxton, and Webster.

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