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Family escapes smoky blaze in Andover home; firefighters injured in fall on ice

A two-alarm blaze in the basement of an Andover home injured a firefighter early this morning, Andover Fire Chief Michael B. Mansfield said.

Smoke was billowing from the home when firefighters arrived just before 7 a.m., Mansfield said. One firefighter was injured when slipped on ice formed by the water used to combat the blaze, Mansfield said. He was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Lawrence General Hospital.

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With the help of more manpower triggered by a second alarm response, the fire was brought under control within a half hour.

The home’s four residents were unharmed.

“The mom was alerted by a smoke detector going off in the basement,” allowing the family to escape before the fire could spread, Mansfield said.

Smoke damage left the home “uninhabitable for some time,” though the fire damage is limited to the basement and first floor.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Lauren Dezenski can be reached at
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