Three homeless, house destroyed after three-alarm fire in Lynn

Three residents are homeless and their home is a total loss after a wind-stoked two-alarm fire in Lynn.

Lynn District Fire Chief Lee Oliver said firefighters arrived at the Lowell Street fire at 10:25 p.m. Thursday and saw a fire on the first floor rapidly spreading up the rear of the 2 1/2-story building.

“The wind blowing last night certainly added to their problems,” Oliver said. “The wind fanned the flames throughout the building and extended them outside.”


Several homes around the state were ravaged by wind-fanned flames on Thursday, including four on the beach in Scituate and one in Milton.

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Firefighters had several other obstacles to deal with, Oliver said. The house is located at the end of a dead end street, which prevented the department from getting trucks to the scene from multiple directions. He also said that the conditions inside the house helped fuel the blaze.

“These people seemed to save everything they had, and the rooms had a lot of clutter that hampered [firefighters] from getting right inside,” Oliver said. “Once the fire got hold, all the contents inside added to the fire load.”

No one was injured, Oliver said. One woman was inside the house when the fire began, but she was able to make it outside on her own. The other two residents, an elderly couple, were not home at the time.

“Because of the wind creating such a hazard, it took them four hours to bring it under control,” Oliver said. “On any other night, we might have got a faster handle on it, but the wind conditions and its location on a dead end street hampered our efforts.”

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