A firefighter and another person were injured Tuesday night in a four-alarm blaze that followed an explosion at a Randolph home.
A fire watch remained in place at 40 Tiffany Drive on Wednesday morning as the state fire marshal’s office investigated the cause of the fire, which was reported just before midnight by neighbors who said they heard an explosion. Deputy Fire Chief Jim Connor said there was “not a lot” left of the home by the time most fire crews left around 4:30 a.m., with parts of the house collapsed in on itself.
Randolph Fire Chief Richard Donovan said early Wednesday morning that three people were inside the house when fire broke out. All three made it out, but one was injured and was taken to the hospital.
Donovan said he didn’t know the extent of the person’s injuries.
As of 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, crews were still working to put out the fire, which Donovan said appeared to have started in the basement. The chief said the cause was unknown.
At about 1 a.m., flames had engulfed most of the two-story colonial home, sending smoke billowing into the small side roads that line the residential neighborhood. People stood in lawns and on sidewalks, watching as firefighters worked.
Some neighbors reported hearing a loud explosion and coming outside to see the fire. Donovan said the home was heated by propane gas, but he couldn’t confirm an explosion preceded the fire.
Donovan said no other homes were evacuated as a result of the fire. The chief said some water-pressure issues in the area made it more difficult to extinguish the fire.
“We’ve got a lot of hot areas,” Donovan said at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. “We’ll be here at least until daylight.”
Crews from Easton, Braintree and Canton responded to the fire. The blaze was declared a three-alarm fire, but Deputy Connor said it was the equivalent of four alarms.
According to assessor records, the home at 40 Tiffany Drive was built in 1988 and its assessed value is $441,700.