received a call of heavy black smoke from a house at 39 Evergreen Road today at 11:38 a.m.
The initial report stated there were people still in the building, but the five occupants, four adults and a guest, were outside upon arrival. They did not sustain any injuries.
American Red Cross volunteers are currently assisting the people who were living in the home for lodging and money for food, said Kat Powers, director of communciations for the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts.
"We've given them money to go out and buy something that fits their immediate needs," Powers said. If people would like to donate funds that will defray the cost of the hotel, they can do so here.
According to the Sun Chronicle, the homeowner, Angela Clinkscales who turned 57 today, has no insurance, nor family in the immediate area to stay with.
There was a meeting at the fire house when the department recieved the call, so they had extra manpower on hand.
"The ladder truck rolled right on the initial alarm, which it never does," said Norton Fire Captain Kent Campbell.
It took approximately 20 minutes to put the two-alarm fire on the second floor, with help from Mansfield and Attleboro units. When fire officials entered the home, there was heavy black smoke emerging from all of the second floor windows.
"When the first crews went in, there was zero visibility and extreme heat," Campbell said. "They couldn't find the scene of the fire at first."
Four adults were displaced from the home, which is now uninhabitable.
"The power has been disconnected by National Grid," Campbell said. "The Board of Health was here too. It's unlivable."
There is heavy fire and smoke on the second floor and water damage on the first floor. A hole was made in the roof for ventilatin purposes and the windows were broken. Some of the house will have to be gutted out.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
"The guys did a tremendous job," Campbell said. "Things went OK."
Mansfield's Rapid Intervention Team came in to ensure the safety of firefighters and ventilated the roof. Attleboro sent an engine and a ladder and opened up the ceilings to look for hidden fire. Easton Fire Department covered the Norton headquarters.