2017-02-02 / Holden News

Fire damages Scenic Drive home


Jim Schakenbach photo Jim Schakenbach photo The Holden Fire Department responded to a house fire on Scenic Drive Friday afternoon, Jan. 27, after a teenage resident returned home from school to find heavy smoke in the one-story ranch house and called 911 from a neighbor’s house, according to Holden Fire Chief Jack Chandler.

Thirteen firefighters from Holden and Rutland responded to the scene, along with two deputy chiefs and Chief Chandler. The fire was contained to a rear bedroom with smoke damage throughout the main floor. According to Chief Chandler, the likely cause was a space heater in the bedroom. No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

In addition to engines and crews From Holden and Rutland, a Holden Fire ambulance was dispatched to the scene as a precaution and the Paxton and West Boylston fire departments provided coverage at Holden’s fire headquarters and Chaffins station. A Sterling Fire Department ambulance was stationed at the town line as an additional precaution.

“Winter’s cold temperatures increase the chance of fires from space heaters as well as wood and pellet stoves,” said Chief Chandler. “We urge residents to take extra care in using stoves and heaters to avoid accidental fires and injury.”

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