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2-alarm fire damages historic Dedham building

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at a historic Dedham home on Thursday, according to the Dedham Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to 19 Court St., at 5 p.m., Acting Deputy Chief Stephen Lynch said. The fire started in the attic of the three-and-a-half story brick building.

“Once we found it we were able to control it pretty quickly,” he said. There were no people in the building, which is currently under construction, he said, and most of the damage is in the attic.

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According to the Dedham Historical Society & Museum, “The Norfolk House” at 19 Court St. was built in 1801, and was a tavern and inn for many years.

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Prominent guests included Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams, and at one point a ball was held for the Marquis de Lafayette, the historical society said. The building was converted from a boarding house to a single family home in 1905.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Alexandra Koktsidis can be reached at alexandra.koktsidis@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @akoktsidis.