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Outside Burning Complaint in Whitman May Have Prevented House Fire

By PAT TRAVERS, Senior Correspondent | September 20, 2021 | MASSACHUSETTS

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WHITMAN, MA - Around 4:50 P.M. on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 15th, the Whitman Fire Department responded to the area of Washington Street and Old Coach Road for a report of illegal burning. Engine-243 and Car-3 responded. Companies arrived to find illegal burning at 82 Washington Street and advised the resident to extinguish the fire.

As companies were picking up to return, they noticed heavy smoke across the street. Companies relocated to 101 Washington Street and found mulch and bushes burning in the front of the building, that had extended to the house. One line was stretched off of Engine-243 and the fire was quickly knocked down. Firefighters removed the siding from the house and checked for extension on the first and second floors.

An initial investigation shows the fire is likely to have started in the mulch bed in the front of the house and extended to the bushes, which then caught fire. Damage is estimated at $20,000.

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