A family of seven was still displaced earlier this week after a fire Saturday night that caused extensive damage to their home on View Street in Dracut.
The call came in about 8:15 p.m., reporting a fire in the back room of a single-family home at 51 View St. A second alarm was struck about 8:30 p.m.
Crews from Lowell and Pelham assisted Dracut in knocking down the fire, according to Deputy Chief Thomas Mackey. Firefighters contained the fire to the back room, but “heavy, heavy smoke damage” rendered the home uninhabitable for the time being, Mackey said.
Red Cross crews were on scene to assist the displaced residents.
Two family members were transported to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation, and a firefighter was treated for a rapid heart rate. The firefighter was released from the hospital, Mackey said. He did not know the status of the family members brought to the hospital.
On Monday morning, windows in the rear and side of the large red home were boarded up.
Mike Michel, a neighbor, said he was walking his dog, Casey, earlier that evening before the fire. After retreating inside, the 52-year-old said he looked out his window a short time later and saw a police car come flying down the road and park in front of his house.
“I stand up and he’s running up the side there. I look over and there’s flames coming out of the window — roof-high,” Michel said Monday morning. “It went up in seconds. It sounded like a jet. I mean, it was loud.”
Saturday’s extreme heat proved to be a complicating factor for the crews. Dracut had extra firefighters on scene for rotations, as well as ambulances to evaluate firefighters and help them stay hydrated, Mackey said.
“We have to do what we have to do,” Mackey said.
Michel said he began to hear more sirens as the street soon became saturated with firetrucks. He said his son is a firefighter in Maine, which spurred him to ask the firefighters if there was a way he and another neighbor could help them. Michel said he brought out a bunch of Poland Spring water bottles, and his neighbor brought out a table and some chairs so the firefighters could stay hydrated and rested.
Michel said his first thought was for everyone’s safety and to also make sure the firefighters were OK.
“They just moved in, which is sad,” Michel said of the displaced family.
He said he recalls another fire in the neighborhood about 15 years ago, but “nothing like this.”
“I’m just really happy everyone was OK,” Michel said. “Nobody got seriously hurt.”
A message was left Monday for the homeowners.
The cause of the fire was still under investigation.
View Street is off 10th Street and dead-ends at the back of The Cascades condo complex.