Sterling home destroyed in early morning fire

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STERLING – Four Sterling residents were displaced from their home after a fire tore through their residence early Sunday morning.  

At around 3:28 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, Sterling’s public safety dispatch unit received multiple 911 calls reporting the house fire. The Sterling Fire Department swiftly mobilized Engines 4 & 5, Ladder 1, and Ambulance 1. The fire department was joined by the Sterling Police Department at the scene. The influx of calls led to a working fire assignment, which brought in mutual aid from the Clinton Fire Department, Leominster Fire Department and West Boylston Fire Department.

When the Sterling police and fire departments arrived on scene, the house was fully inflamed and there was a downed power line in front of the residence. This prompted Deputy Chief David Day to strike a second alarm, which brought additional aid from Holden and Lancaster’s fire departments. Meanwhile, Princeton and Westminster’s fire departments provided backup support for the town.

The intensity of the flames required the firefighters to fight the blaze from the exterior of the building, until about 4:30 a.m., when the crews had the fire under control.

In addition to the home, which was severely damaged, several vehicles were damaged by the blaze as well.

The residents of the home had safely evacuated prior to the fire fighters’ arrival.

None of the occupants of the home or first responders were injured in the blaze.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is under investigation by the District 8 Fire Investigation Unit as well as the Sterling fire and police departments.

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