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MASSACHUSETTS FIREFIGHTERS BURNED IN FLASHOVER AT HOUSE FIRE

     

Sunday, November 11, 2012 Two firefighters were injured when a fire that caused an estimated $150,000 in damages flashed over on them, knocking them to the ground while they were fighting a two-alarm fire Saturday.

Captain Benton Keene said crews were called to 22 Buttonwood Road at 5:48 p.m. for a reported house fire, and found heavy flames on the right side of the house, and those flames climbing up the side of the house, up into the eaves and roof.



Firefighters were inside the house which was mostly clear, when flames flashed over on them, knocking some firefighters over, sending two to Sturdy Memorial Hospital for treatment of back injuries. Keene said one firefighter has been released and another continues to be be treated Saturday night.

A woman and her teenage daughter safely escaped flames that tore through their large, single-story house while they were cooking dinner Saturday night.

The homeowner, Debbie Estano of 22 Buttonwood Road, was cooking dinner for her herself and her 19-year-old daughter when the daughter first spotted the reflection of flames coming from windows off of the rear of the house, according to Estano's sister, Claire MacKenzie of Mansfield.

They took refuge in the home of neighbors Joe and Kathleen Arancio at 21 Buttonwood Road, which is across the street from their home.

MacKenzie said her niece thought the flames were coming from the house next door. But then the home's smoke detectors started to go off, and both knew something was wrong.

Arancio said she helped Estano and her daughter while her husband Joe ran outside. He he immediately spotted flames coming from the side of the Estanos' house.

Joe Arancio also said an explosion quickly followed, in the area where he spotted the flames.

"She came over in a panic" Kathleen Arancio said.

She said that at first she couldn't figure out if there was an intruder in the house or if something else was wrong. Then they were able to determine the house was on fire.

The Arancios said fire crews arrived within minutes, and began to fight the blaze.

The first firefighters on the scene immediately called a working fire when they arrived and a second alarm was sounded within minutes after the initial crews arrived.

Crews from Mansfield and Attleboro assisted Norton at the scene, while firefighters from Easton and Rehoboth provided station coverage.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes to knock down the blaze, and crews spent and extensive amount of time overhauling the scene, Keene said.

He said the fire isn't suspicious and that fire investigators remained at the scene late Saturday as they try to figure out how the fire started.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/local_news/firefighters-hurt-battling-norton-blaze/article_c134b67d-d2f8-55a4-969f-ff29e01ad656.html


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