DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — A high-end summer home on Salters Point has been deemed a total loss after it was destroyed by a massive fire Thursday evening.
Acting Dartmouth Fire Chief Jake Bettencourt said the home was up in flames by the time firefighters arrived, adding that the neighborhood is one of their “longer runs” which takes them about 10 minutes to get there.
Bettencourt said an adjacent house started to catch fire and a third home across the street was in danger because high winds helped the flames quickly spread.
The fire was so large, Bettencourt said they had to park their trucks in front of a neighboring home.
“The fire was massive, it was really rolling,” Bettencourt said.
Jane Zimmerman, who has lived on Salters Point for 20 years, said the family who owns the house lives just north of Boston and had plans to visit this weekend.
“It’s totally gone, it’s really sad,” she said. “It was just like a matchbox, was just huge flames burned like a match.”
Firefighters worked for an hour to get the flames under control. Bettencourt said no one was inside any of the homes since they’re seasonal occupants.
While the first home to catch fire is considered a total loss, the others appear to have been spared from any significant damage.
The cause is under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office.