LOWELL -- Lowell firefighters were called to 11 Harrison Street Monday afternoon and arrived to find the home's back porch fully engulfed in flames that were being fed by a propane tank attached to a grill.

That was about 3:30 p.m. City firefighters managed to save a majority of the building from fire damage, and had the two-alarm fire completely extinguished by about 5:30 p.m., according to Deputy Chief Joseph Roth.

Crews quickly attacked the flames on the home's rear porch from outside, while other firefighters dragged hoses into the home to battle the flames from inside.

One resident was home when the fire started but he got out of the building on his own.

There was no visible damage on the front of the home. Roth said the home is a 2 1/2 story duplex in front, with a one-story addition in back between the porch and the main part of the home.

Fire damage extended from the porch to the one-story addition, but no further.

"The guys did a great job and were able to keep it from getting into the main part of the house," Roth said.

Power had to be cut to the home due to damage to the electrical system, so six residents of one unit and three residents of the other unit were temporarily displaced.

Roth said all the residents had other places to stay and did not need further assistance. Since the fire was kept out of the main part of the home residents were even able to recover some clothing and other items.

The cause remains under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious, according to Roth.

Less than 10 minutes after they cleared the scene of the fire, the crews of Engine 3 and Ladder 3 were sent to a car accident at Thorndike and Dutton streets.

They arrived with ash and soot from the fire still on their faces as they helped those involved in the crash, which caused only minor injuries.

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