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    Firefighters quickly quell three-alarm Newton blaze

    Newton firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at a home on Hammond Street early Thursday morning.

    The home was a large slate-roofed, single-family house in the Chestnut Hill area, said Lieutenant Eric Fricke, a spokesman for the Fire Department.

    A central alarm alerted the Fire Department at about 4:40 a.m., while the smoke alarms in the home woke the occupants in time for them to evacuate the house.


    No occupants or firefighters were injured, and the fire was knocked down in about a half-hour, Fricke said. The home sustained heavy smoke and water damage.

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    The blaze is believed to have started in a second-floor bedroom, Fricke said. Fire investigators are looking into a possible cause.

    Access to Middlesex Road from Hammond Street was blocked for a a few hours and has since been reopened.

    Martine Finucane of Globe staff contributed to this report. Jennifer Smith can be reached at