Just before 9:30 pm on Saturday, June 23, there was a report of a house fire at 1 Beverly Hills Ave. Car 2, Truck 1, Engine 5 and Danvers Engine 3 were dispatched to the call. Deputy Chief William Walsh arrived shortly after police finding heavy smoke coming from the roof of a 2 story residential home with all occupants already safely outside. Lt Robert Atherton and Firefighter Daniel Bergeron from Truck 1 immediately stretched lines into the home and found heavy smoke and fire conditions on the second floor. The ladder from Truck 1 was raised to the roof with the intent to cut a hole for ventilation but the flames quickly burned through. Additional crews worked to uncover the fire hidden in the walls finding that the fire had spread through many of the hidden voids under the roof.
A second alarm was called at approximately 9:45pm with Beverly's Engine 3 and companies from Manchester and Wenham responding to the scene as well as Rehab 5. All crews went to work quickly knocking down the heavy fire in the ceiling and walls of the second floor. Crews continued to dig out stubborn hot spots for another two hours. Most firefighters were clear of the scene by midnight but Engine 1 stood by as a fire watch making sure there were no hot spots.
A Wenham firefighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion by North East Regional Ambulance. The warm evening added to the challenge of fighting a hot attic fire as crews had to be exchanged often to protect them from the heat.
Beverly Fire Investigator Lt Eric Fowler responded to investigate the cause of the fire. Wiring Inspector Ed Comeau also responded to assist in the investigation. The home suffered heavy smoke, fire and water damage and both occupants were going to stay with family. The estimated cost of the damage to the home and contents is more than $350,000.
Firefighters from Salem, Hamilton, and Topsfield covered Beverly's stations while crews battled the blaze.
Prepared by Beverly Fire Department Public Information Officer Firefighter Chad McCormack
Busy week for Beverly Firefighters. On Wednseday crews battled an attic fire on Matthies St. The fire caused moderate damage to the home and displaced the family until repairs could be made. Thursday Group 4 responded to multiple motor vehicle accidents on route 128 causing significant back ups. Friday crews responded for a motor vehicle rollover on Dodge St near Berrywood Lane. The occupant was out of the car but required medical treatment and was transported to Beverly Hospital. High heat and humidity made firefighters work across the area far more challenging.