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Firefighters battle two-alarm blaze in Watertown

Flames were visible when fire crews arrived at the home on North Beacon Street Friday afternoon.Watertown Fire Department

As a major thunderstorms rolled through Massachusetts late Friday afternoon, a 2-alarm fire broke out at a home in Watertown.

Lightning played a factor in the blaze that sent flames raging through the upper floors of the home on North Beacon Street around 4 p.m., but a cause has not been determined, Ryan A. Nicholson, provisional chief of department for the Watertown Fire Department, said in an e-mail.

“The official origin and cause remain under investigation, but we do believe that the lightning played a factor causing an electrical event in the area,” Nicholson said. “However, we don’t believe it was a direct strike to the home.”

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Four people were displaced by the fire, Nicholson said.

Flames were showing on the second floor when firefighters arrived, Watertown fire wrote on Facebook.

A second alarm was quickly ordered, the statement said. The department received mutual aid from the Cambridge, Belmont, Newton, and Waltham fire departments.

Watertown police advised people via Twitter to avoid the area of North Beacon Street at Beacon Park due to the working fire. The road was reopened at 7:35 p.m., police said.

No injuries were reported, the statement said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.