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Dog Killed, Home Destroyed, 2 Arrested, As Result Of 3-Alarm Fire

Jun 11, 2018 01:49PM ● By Bill Gilman

A 3-alarm fire Sunday night destroyed this home at 11 Herbert St. in Tewksbury (Rich MacDonald photo)

Atty. Paul King

 A family dog was killed and a woman slightly injured in a 3-alarm fire that ripped through a home at 11 Herbert Ave. Sunday night.

And in a surprising development, two residents of the home have been arrested, charged with growing marijuana at the home.

The names of the two people arrested have not yet been released. However, town records list the owners of the property as Mihn N. Phan and Tiffany Tran.

According to Tewksbury Fire Chief Mike Hazel, the call reporting the fire came in around 11:15 p.m. and firefighters quickly responded to the scene within five minutes. However, in an interview with the Lowell Sun, Hazel said the first responders found "some advanced fire showing" when they arrived at the address.

The fire quickly went to a second and then a third alarm, as flames appeared in multiple areas of the building. Witnesses reported hearing a loud noise from the home before flames began to appear. It is not known if that noise was an explosion. The resident who called 911 reported seeing smoke coming from the basement area.

A female resident was treated for minor injuries at the scene and did not require hospitalization. No firefighters were injured. However, a family dog was trapped in the home and was killed.

 It took firefighters a little less than an hour to get the fire knocked down but they remained on the scene for another couple of hours. They left the scene around 2:30 a.m.

Herbert Avenue is a small street that runs between Rhoda Street and Amos Street off Shawsheen Street, in the area of Heath Brook Elementary School.

According to Tewksbury Assessor records, 11 Herbert Ave. is a four-bedroom, split-level home, owned by Mihn N. Phan and Tiffany Tran. They bought the home in 2016 and the property, including 1.2 acres of land, has an assessed value of $438,200. The home is believed to be a total loss.

Mutual aid was provided at the scene of the fire by units from Billerica, Wilmington and Andover. Units from Lawrence and North Reading provided station coverage.

State and local fire officials were back at the scene Monday, as they continue to investigate the cause of the blaze. The investigation of the scene led to the arrests of the two people on charges of cultivating marijuana. It is not known, however, if the alleged marijuana operation had any direct connect to the fire.

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