FRAMINGHAM – Firefighters battled the weather, along with a fire, at a house on Newbury Street early this evening, January 5.
Before they could extinguish the fire, they had to find and dig out the fire hydrant.
“The hydrant was buried very deep,” said Framingham Deputy Fire Chief Brian Connolly.
Framingham Fire Department received a call for a house fire at 166 Newbury Street, just about 4 p.m., said Connolly.
Firefighters responded to the one-alarm fire with Engine 2, Engine 5, the rescue truck, and the platform fire truck.
The residents had tried for 15 minutes to put out the fire themselves, said the Deputy Fire Chief.
Firefighters found the fire in the walls, when they arrived, said Deputy Chief Connolly.
The occupants, a couple with two small children, will not be able to stay in the house tonight, said Deputy Chief Connolly. He said they have made arrangements for tonight.
He estimated about $20,000 worth of damage. He said the home will need new flooring and walls.
The fire went inside the walls, and up around the fireplace, said the Deputy Fire Chief.
The Deputy Fire Chief said the fire is still under investigation. He said the fire could be electrical, and might have started in the basement.
He said once the hydrant was dug out, the firefighters did not have any water issues extinguishing the fire.
There were no injuries.
Besides the 16 inches of snow on the ground burying the hydrant, firefighters were dealing with a bitter cold wind. Temperatures were reading below zero, with the wind chill at 4:30 p.m.