At 1751, the Beverly Fire Department responded for a report of fire at 18 Corning St. The fire was called in by an off duty Beverly firefighter living in the area who found the fire after his son reported smelling smoke. Engines 5 and 3 were dispatched with Truck 2, Car 2 and Car 4.
Upon arrival Deputy Chief William Petrosino found heavy fire in an attached garage extending up the side of the house and into the attic. Truck 2 immediately stretched a line to knock down the visible fire but the fire had already gained a foothold in the hidden attic spaces. Deputy Petrosino struck a second alarm bringing additional companies from Danvers, Salem, Manchester and Wenham to the scene and all worked to dig out the fire in the confined spaces. Beverly Police, Rehab 5 and Northeast Regional Ambulance also responded to the scene.
In the second floor of the home, fire crews encountered intense heat and banking smoke conditions that drove them back until a hole could be cut in the roof to vent the trapped heat. Firefighters continued to dig out hidden fires as flames poured from the roof.
There were no injuries reported but there was significant damage to the home. Captain Jeff Sirois and Lieutenant Robert Bergeron are investigating the cause of the fire. No one was home at the time of the fire.
Hamilton, Swampscott and Topsfield covered Beverly Stations during the fire.