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3-alarm fire devastates house in Hingham

Hingham firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze Monday.
Bill Brett for The Boston Globe
Hingham firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze Monday.

Five fire departments responded to a three-alarm fire that destroyed a Hingham home early Monday afternoon, a Hingham fire official said.

Fire officials received the call about a blaze on East Street around 11:45 a.m., said Kate Knorr, Hingham Fire Department administrative assistant. Crews from Hull, Scituate, Rockland, and Norwell and state fire marshal’s office investigators, were at the scene.

The East Street house was declared a total loss, and the fire chief ordered an “exterior attack,” Knorr said. An exterior attack involves firefighters leaving the building and then trying to extinguish the fire from outside to keep it from spreading and is intended to limit the number of firefighters exposed to danger, according to the ­National Fire Academy.

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The house is a single-family Cape Cod-style residence that was built in 1908, according to the town assessor database.

Lauren Dezenski can be reached at lauren.dezenski@
globe.com.