Fire and an explosion destroyed a historic home in Fall River’s Highlands neighborhood


Fall RIVER — A historic household in the city’s Highlands community is likely a total decline right after an explosion and a a few-alarm blaze broke out Sunday afternoon.

Fireplace Main Roger St. Martin explained Sunday that the simply call arrived in at 5:10 p.m. engines arrived 3 minutes afterwards at 528 Large St. to uncover the property and automobiles parked in the driveway engulfed in flames. Heavy black smoke from the fireplace was noticeable all through the community.

Studies from all through the community reveal there was at the very least one particular explosion. Obvious on the scene was scattered particles that apparently arrived from a truck and a auto that exploded in the driveway.

The explosion and warmth from the fire had been ample to blow out windows on the home future doorway, at 544 High St.

St. Martin explained eight folks were being evacuated. 1 was hurt on the way out, and a further was dealt with for smoke inhalation, he reported.

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He stated flames ended up heaviest on the north aspect of the setting up, with the carport entirely involved.

Flames spread through the residence from the basement to the roof — in accordance to radio studies, firefighters experienced to slice holes in the roof to get access to the hearth and chase the flames for nicely more than an hour.

Fire at 528 High St. Sunday.

Fireplace at 528 Substantial St. Sunday.

The creating, St. Martin reported, is “a possible overall loss,” with an believed $400,000 in destruction.

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The neighbors’ residence at 544 Significant sustained the damaged windows, he mentioned, and fireplace damage as flames unfold to its eaves. St. Martin claimed firefighters had been ready to include that to minimal injury.

Fighting the fire was manufactured additional demanding due to the fact a hydrant on Maple Avenue, just outside the Drop River Historic Modern society, was non-operational, St. Martin explained, triggering crews to modify until eventually they could obtain obtain to a lot more h2o.

Fire at 528 High St. Sunday.

Fire at 528 Higher St. Sunday.

Just right before 8 p.m., radio experiences indicated that crews had been however on scene, continuing to locate incredibly hot spots and placing out flames.

St. Martin stated the induce is continue to beneath investigation.

District Chief Matthew Johnson was the incident commander on scene, St. Martin stated, with five engines, two ladder vehicles and a major rescue auto responding.

Fire at 528 High St. Sunday.

Fireplace at 528 Superior St. Sunday.

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Dwelling has a historic earlier

House data show the residence is a one-family property owned by Roger and Carole Lapointe, who have owned it since 1979.

The fireplace happened in a neighborhood comprehensive of historic homes, portion of the 40C Highlands Neighborhood Historic District, and the home has its possess historical past. In 2015, the dwelling was named in a local ordinance to be preserved.

It was created in 1890 for Alfred Butterworth, a touring salesman for the Hargraves Soap Co. and a member of the Masonic Corridor and Butchers Rendering Association. Butterworth turned ill in the winter of 1892 and, when he did not recuperate, he hanged himself from a tree on Elsbree Lane on April 14, 1892. A small more than a yr later, in July 1893, when Lizzie and Emma Borden had been searching to move out of their Second Road dwelling right after the grisly murders of their father and stepmother, they just about purchased this home. As a substitute, they settled in Maplecroft on French Avenue, about two blocks north.

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