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Fire Destroys Home On Rounsevell Avenue

Mar 09, 2015 06:58PM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Photo by Rich MacDonald. Tewksbury Firefighters battle a blaze at 85 Rounsevell Ave. on Monday.

Gallery: Tewksbury Firefighters battle a blaze at 85 Rounsevell Ave. on Monday. [6 Images] Click any image to expand.

A two-alarm fire, fueled by leaking natural gas, destroyed a single-family home at 85 Rounsevell Ave. earlier this afternoon.
As of 6 p.m., Tewksbury firefighters remained at the scene of the blaze, which broke out just after 4 p.m. Town records indicate the home is owned by Gary T. Overmeyer. According to a witness, one person was home at the time the fire broke out, as well as two dogs and two cats. The resident was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors.
Firefighters confirmed no people were injured. However, the condition of the family pets could not be confirmed.
Rounsevell Avenue is located off South Street.
Firefighters encountered obstacles in trying to fight the fire. According to Chief Michael Hazel, one of three nearby hydrants did not work. Also, the fire was being "fueled" by the gas leak. National Grid had to be called in to shut down both gas and electricity to that section of Rounsevell Avenue. According to Capt. Jon Viscione, it took about 25 minutes for National Grid to arrive on scene.
According to Hazel, an earlier report that one hydrant was not cleared of snow was incorrect. He said all three hydrants were clear before firefighters arrived.
Firefighters looking to gain control of the blaze were ordered out of the building when the integrity of the roof was compromised and eventually collapsed.
According to town records, the raised-ranch home was built in 1968. The structure has an assessed value of $108,800 and appeared to be a total loss.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Your Tewksbury Today will have more information on this fire as it becomes available.

 



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