UPDATED: Family of 4 Displaced in Saxonville Fire; 3 Cats Killed

Originally posted at 7:05 p.m. Updated at 7:44 p.m. with quotes from fire chief. Updated at 8:55 p.m. with quote from Rev. Clark.


FRAMINGHAM – A fire in the Saxonville section of Framingham displaced a mom and three teenagers, and killed two of the family’s three cats, according to Framingham Fire Chief Joseph Hicks.

Firefighters from the Saxonville station responded top 45 Edwards Street during the 6 o’clock hour and found “heavy fire coming out of the second story window,” said Chief Hicks.

The family – a mother and three teenage children – had already evacuated from the 2-story home, said Hicks.

Engine 2 firefighters were able to contain the fire to the bedroom and the attic area, said Chief Hicks.

There was “significant fire and water damage to the second level,” said Chief Hicks.

The house is on the property of Edwards Church. The building used to be the church parsonage. The family  has rented it for almost a decade.“Everybody made it out and everybody’s fine,” Pastor Debbie Clark said.

 No one was injured, said Chief Hicks.
The family has been displaced. They are working with Edwards Church and the American Red Cross, said Chief Hicks.
“This evening, there was a fire in the parsonage.  The family members immediately called the fire department and left the house; all of them are safe, and they will be staying with family tonight.  They did lose three of their beloved cats, which is very hard for them” said Rev. Debbie Clark in an email to parishioners.
“The fire department responded quickly and was able to put out the fire. … We have spoken with our insurance company, and tomorrow we will begin to assess next steps.  For tonight, our prayers are with the Nichols family, who are understandably upset, and also are surrounded by love and support,” wrote Rev. Clark.
“The Saxonville firefighters did an excellent job tonight,” said the Chief. “Their actions minimized the damage.”

“They were able to rescue one of the family’s cats,” said the Chief.

The Chief said it was a busy night, with a kitchen fire on Georgetown Drive, and a couple of ambulance calls, along with the house fire.

This was the second house fire in as many day for the Framingham Fire Department.


Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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