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Working Smoke Alarms Helped Residents Escape Safely
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GEORGETOWNGeorgetown Fire Chief Fred Mitchell and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said the cause of the July 15, 2020 fire at 24 Tenney Street in Georgetown is electrical. The fire was reported at about 5:13 a.m. and brought under control shortly after
6 a.m.

Chief Mitchell said, “Working smoke alarms alerted the three residents and they were able to escape the early morning fire unharmed. Without working smoke alarms, they might not have awoken before being overcome by the toxic smoke.” Sadly, one cat perished in the fire.

The Boxford, Groveland, Haverhill, Newbury, Rowley, and West Newbury Fire Departments provided mutual aid. The Atlantic Ambulance and the state Department of Fire Services’ Rehab Unit provided assistance.

Investigators determined the fire started in an outlet in a second floor spare bedroom. Arcing from the outlet ignited a nearby chair. Most of the fire damage was confined to this bedroom, but there was soot damage throughout the second the floor. The fire was jointly investigated by members of the Georgetown Fire and Police Departments and State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Chief Mitchell said, “Electrical fires can start inside the walls and are often hard to detect before the fire is significant. It is important to have your home or business’ electrical system checked out by a licensed professional every 10 years. Making sure grounds are securely connected and doing small upgrades can ensure you safely and affordably meet growing electrical needs.”

State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “Electrical fires are the second leading cause of fire deaths in Massachusetts. It is important to know the warning signs of when to call an electrician and when to call the fire department.” Call the fire department immediately if you have any of these warning signs:

  • Arcs, sparks or short circuits;
  • Sizzling or buzzing sound;
  • Odors, vague smell of something burning.

Firefighters can use thermal imaging technology to see excessive heat inside the walls.

Call a professional electrician soon if you have any of these warning signs:

  • Frequently blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers;
  • Dim or flickering lights, bulbs that wear out too fast;
  • Overheated plugs, cords or switches;
  • Shock or mild tingle – more than normal static electricity;
  • Loose plugs; or
  • Unusually warm or faulty outlets or switches.

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