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Hanson fire is blamed on sawdust

The spontaneous combustion of sawdust on the rear deck of a single-family home in Hanson caused an extensive fire that displaced six people, officials said.

Firefighters were called to Pleasant Street at 2:24 a.m. Tuesday for a structure fire, according to a statement from the Hanson Fire Department. The fire ravaged the rear of the house, causing damage extending from the rear deck into the attic, firefighters said.

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The interior of the house also sustained smoke and water damage. The total damage was estimated at $100,000.

Three adults and three children were safely evacuated. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters believe a cardboard box filled with sawdust, which was stored on the rear deck of the house, sparked the blaze.

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jasper_Craven.
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