Firefighters from several communities battle Plum Island house fire

More than 10 fire departments helped battle a blaze that tore through a Plum Island duplex Sunday night, completely destroying one of the building’s units and causing an estimated $500,000 of damage, officials said.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire at the three-story home on 59th Street to the unit where it began, saving the other half of the building from significant damage, the Newburyport fire department said in a statement.

Residents were home in both apartments but safely evacuated the building, officials said. There were no reported injuries.


Newburyport firefighters and investigators with the state fire marshal’s office believe the fire was caused by an electrical failure but are still investigating. It is not considered suspicious.

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The three-alarm fire broke out at around 7:30 p.m. at 7 59th St., officials said. Firefighters found heavy flames engulfing the second and third floors of the wood-frame building, with the fire extending into the attic and through the roof.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire, knocking the flames down and monitoring for hot spots until about 1:30 a.m., officials said.

“We’re thankful that no one was injured and that the residents were able to safely evacuate the building,”Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire said in a statement.

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