Home under renovation goes up in flames in Newburyport

NEWBURYPORT, MASS. (WHDH) - A massive four-alarm blaze ripped through a two-story home that was under renovation in Newburyport on Monday.

Crews responding to a report of a structure fire at 155 High St. about 2:30 p.m. found heavy smoke billowing into the air and flames showing upon arrival.

Dozens of firefighters from Salisbury, Amesbury, Newbury, West Newbury, Merrimac, Byfield, and Rowley, as well as Seabrook, Exeter, Hampton, Kingston, and Portsmouth scrambled to the scene to douse the stubborn fire with water.

Heavy fire engulfed the second and third floors of the building but was eventually brought under control. Flames partially extended to a neighboring structure before the fire was put out.

No injuries were reported.

Zack Saba told 7News that he was working inside the home when the fire broke out.

“I stepped through the doorway and I couldn’t see a thing,” he said. “I’m just very thankful that no one was hurt.”

Residents and motorists are urged to avoid the area.

The state fire marshal’s office has joined an investigation into the cause of the fire.


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