Explosions reported as fire crews battle blaze in Methuen

METHUEN, MASS. (WHDH) - Neighbors heard a series of small explosions as a fire tore through a single-family home in Methuen Sunday afternoon.

Police officers and firefighters responded to a reported fire at 40 Timber Lane about 2 p.m., according to photos posted to the police department’s Twitter page.

Neighbor Dina Torrisi was recording the fire with her cellphone when she said the blaze set off a series of small explosions in the basement.

“All of a sudden, a boom came out, and all white smoke came out,” Torrisi said. “I couldn’t see anything.”

Homeowner Peter Michael said his wife and 4-month-old daughter were home when the fire started. He raced home when he heard the news.

Firefighters said they are still investigating the cause, but it appears the fire originated in the basement and ignited some aerosol containers, causing loud explosions.

“There were some deodorant cans that were in there, typical hairspray and stuff like that, that somebody might have heard popping,” Methuen Deputy Fire Chief Richard Aziz said.

Local residents were warned to stay away from the area while crews worked to extinguish the blaze.

The baby girl was taken to the hospital to be checked out, but firefighters said everyone was OK.

Fire officials said the blaze caused an estimated $200,000 in damage. The family said they are insured and have family members to stay with while they figure out repairs.