FRAMINGHAM – Firefighters extinguished a 2-alarm fire at 51 Wayside Inn Road in Framingham today, April 20.
The fire caused $50,000 worth of damage, and one firefighter suffered an injury.
The homeowner called 9-1-1 at 6:59 a.m. and said he thought he had a fire in his house, which was built in the 1740s.
He was told to evacuate the house, but he said he was the sole occupant, said Assistant Framingham Fire Chief Michael Dutcher.
Engine 7 from Nobscot was first on the scene and reported an “active” fire, said Dutcher.
We immediately, called for a second alarm, knowing that area well, said Dutcher.
From our planning and operating procedures, we knew that area had a lack of hydrants, said Dutcher.
“It made the fire more challenging, but we were prepared,” said Dutcher.
We laid 4,000 feet of hose – almost a mile, said Dutcher. A tanker truck from Sherborn was brought into help, due to the water issues.
“The guys did a great job today. They were aggressive in attacking the interior,” said Dutcher.
Because of the firefighters, there was no damage to the main house, said Dutcher. It is likely the homeowner can live there.
Damage was contained to a newer addition to the farmhouse. That “family room” area was full of smoke. There is a wood stove in that area, and the preliminary investigation indicates that may have sparked the fire. Dutcher estimated $50,000 worth of damage.
One firefighters was injured battling the fire. He suffered a shoulder injury, said Dutcher. He was taken to MetroWest Medical Center, where he was treated and released, said Dutcher.
While Framingham does not have its own tanker truck, it soon will have one.
Dutcher said the Town was able to secure a free military surplus vehicle.
“We are outfitting the truck as a tanker now,” said Dutcher.
He estimated it would be in service for the Framingham Fire Department this summer.
Photos courtesy of Sandra Gelfusa