A beachside house on a private road near Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester was completely destroyed by an intense two-alarm fire that broke out Saturday night, injuring a firefighter and igniting surrounding trees and grass, authorities said.
The single-family dwelling at 33 Two Penny Lane, which fire officials believe had been undergoing a renovation, was already fully ablaze when firefighters responded around 11:20 p.m., according to a statement from the Gloucester Fire Department.
Once officials had determined there was no one inside the home, firefighters decided to battle the blaze defensively from the outside, according to the statement.
Firefighters had to use a nearly half-mile long hose line to douse the flames, and fire departments from three other nearby towns were called in to help.
A firefighter was injured after a burning piece of debris landed on his neck while he was operating a water hose, according to the statement. He continued to fight the flames and was evaluated at the scene but not hospitalized for the injury.
The house, which was a total loss, last sold for $4.65 million in 2016, according to town records. It was assessed to be worth nearly $3.8 million in 2018, according to records.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and it is “too early to have an opinion one way or the other” about whether it is considered suspicious, according to Jennifer Mieth, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Fire Services.
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