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Overnight fire causes about $450,000 in damage to Nantucket home

A dog woke its owner Thursday night just in time to alert him of a fire in his Nantucket home, fire officials said.

The fire began at about 10:30 p.m. in the basement of at 21 Helens Drive, Nantucket Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Murphy said. The homeowner woke up to the sound of one of his dogs walking up the stairs, and he smelled smoke.

The fire spread from the basement into the first floor, Murphy said.

The two adults and five dogs living in the home escaped safely, Murphy said.

Twelve firefighters attempted to extinguish the fire but were slowed by a lack of water, Murphy said. The home was not near a hydrant, so two water tankers and an engine had to shuttle water to the scene to put out the fire.

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The fire was out by 3 a.m. Friday, but firefighters had to return several times throughout the night to extinguish hot spots, Murphy said.

Murphy said the fire rendered the house a total loss and caused about $450,000 in damage.

According to the Nantucket Assessor’s office, the property is valued at $738,000.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Olivia Quintana can be reached at olivia.quintana@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @oliviasquintana.