A three-alarm fire overnight damaged a home at 92 Warren Street. One Southbridge firefighter went to Harrington Hospital after the fire for possible smoke inhalation, and was treated and released. Both residents of the home and their pets got out safely, said Southbridge Fire Chief Mark W. DiFronzo. Investigators have not yet disclosed the cause of the blaze.
Reports indicate that the fire started in a toolshed and was caused by a battery charger.
Firefighters got the call to the home at about 11:47 p.m. Tuesday and remained on the scene until about 3 a.m. Wednesday. Chief DiFronzo said the fire started at the rear of the property, extended into the house and caused heat and smoke damage to the inside of the home.
Firefighters from Sturbridge, Charlton, Dudley, Webster and the Muddy Brook village in Woodstock, Connecticut, assisted Southbridge firefighters. The Red Cross responded to assist residents.
Chief DiFronzo said, "Unfortunately, the people lost a lot of their belongings. There were handguns and ammunition in the house, but the material caused no problems during the fire.”