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A Canton family escaped a roaring three-alarm house fire unharmed Wednesday night thanks to working smoke detectors, but the house was destroyed, fire officials said.

“The family was in bed at the time, and fortunately for them they had working smoke detectors, and it did alert one of the family members to the fire,” Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody told reporters. “And they were able to notify the other family members who were sleeping and get them safely out of the house, so very grateful for that.”

Canton fire responded to a house fire at 40 Boathouse Road around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, Canton fire said in a press release. There were six people in the house at the time, all of whom evacuated before firefighters arrived.

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Upon arrival, firefighters found flames coming out of the attic of the 2.5-story home. This made it difficult for firefighters to get water on the flames, and the roof eventually collapsed, fire officials said.

Canton Fire Captain Tom Driscoll said by phone Thursday morning that no firefighters were injured.

The fire was declared under control by 6 a.m. By 6:30 a.m., Canton fire had released firefighters from nearby towns who had responded to assist, but some town firefighters remained on scene to attend to any hot spots, Driscoll said.

The house is a total loss, fire officials said. The family was displaced and is being assisted by local relatives.

The fire was determined to have started on the rear deck of the home and spread up the back wall to the attic. It was ruled accidental by Canton fire and the state fire marshal’s office.


Maria Lovato can be reached at maria.lovato@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @maria_lovato99. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.

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