Fire decimates Freetown home; several pets unaccounted for


FREETOWN, Mass. (WPRI) —  Officials are trying to determine what started a fire that destroyed a home in Freetown Tuesday evening.

Freetown Fire Lieutenant Harrie Ashley said a couple lives inside the Slab Bridge Road home. The wife was home alone at the time at the time of the fire but was able to get out safely.

“The homeowner smelled smoke,” Ashley said. “She located what we believe is possibly an electrical fire.”

The fire was called in by the homeowner around 6:30 p.m., but there was a delay in response, according to Ashley, because Freetown’s duty crew was responding to a medical call and no one else was at the station.

“It was very intense,” Ashley said. “It had a very good head start on us.”

When crews arrived on scene, Ashley said flames were pouring from the home, which is located in a remote area. He said this posed a challenge for crews trying to put it out.

“It is a rural area, so there is no water supply here,” Ashley said. “So we have to rely on tankers, and we only have one. So, it takes time to assemble all that from a talk force from other towns.”

Ashley said firefighters requested mutual aid from Berkley, Dartmouth, Lakeville, Rochester and Raynham to extinguish the fire.

Freetown Animal Control is still on scene trying to locate a few unaccounted for pets that may have been inside the home when the fire broke out. Ashley said three cats and one small dog are now missing.

Even though Ashley believes it was an electrical fire, the cause remains under investigation.

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