Updated: Haverhill Home Described as ‘Probably a Total Loss’ After Two-Alarm Fire Tuesday Morning

The result in of yesterday morning’s two-alarm home fireplace on Eighth Avenue in Haverhill is staying ruled “accidental,” but officially undetermined.

Haverhill Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien and point out Fireplace Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said in a joint assertion yesterday afternoon the official trigger will continue to be undetermined, but investigators discovered incorrect disposal of smoking supplies and overloaded extension cords as prospective aspects. They defined, “Because investigators were not able to rule out all but just one doable cause, the hearth will remain formally undetermined, but they observed no evidence of an intentionally established hearth.” The hearth began on the rear deck of the house.

“This was a substantial fire that left one particular individual hurt and claimed a beloved pet,” mentioned O’Brien. He reminded people “if you smoke or have visitors who smoke, remember to use a strong ashtray with water or sand and be certain to put it out, all the way, every time.” He also suggested working with warning with ability strips and extension cords. The main reported, “Don’t daisy-chain them together or overload them with several products. If using an extension cord outside, be guaranteed it’s rated for outdoor use and always plug significant appliances specifically into a wall outlet.”

The Haverhill Fire Section speedily knocked down the fireplace at the single-spouse and children, 58 Eighth Ave., household, but the ranch-design and style house was explained by Deputy Fire Chief Jeffrey Akstin as “probably a total loss.”

Akstin claimed 6 inhabitants had been able to securely escape and two cats were being rescued, but a dog perished in the fire that broke out just just before 7 a.m. The wounded man or woman is an grownup male.

Mutual help on scene was provided by Methuen, when Lawrence, North Andover and Salem, N.H., provided station protection.

The hearth was jointly investigated by the Haverhill Fire Division, Haverhill Law enforcement Section and the State Law enforcement Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the Point out Hearth Marshal’s workplace. They established that the fireplace began in the region of a rear deck at the base of the framework and prolonged into the residence, resulting in main hurt.–

–Earlier version–

The Haverhill Fireplace Department immediately knocked down a two-alarm hearth Tuesday early morning at a single-household home, but the ranch-design and style dwelling may possibly be a full decline.

Deputy Fireplace Main Jeffrey Akstin explained 6 citizens ended up in a position to safely escape and two cats had been rescued, but a puppy appears to have perished in the fireplace that broke out just just before 7 a.m., at 58 Eighth Ave.

“We pulled up and there was major fire in the rear of the making,” Akstin mentioned, noting firefighters brought the blaze to a “quick stop” within about 15 minutes.

Akstin acknowledged the street was covered in fireworks screen wrappers, but drew no conclusions and stated the cause of the fire is beneath investigation.

Mutual aid on scene was delivered by Methuen, while Lawrence, North Andover and Salem, N.H., furnished station protection.