Ipswich Fire Service extinguishes a two-alarm fire in a condominium building under construction
IPSWICH – Chief Paul J. Parisi reports that the Ipswich Fire Department extinguished a two-alarm fire at a two-unit condominium on Wednesday morning.
On Wednesday, June 29 at approximately 4:45 a.m., Ipswich firefighters were dispatched to 128 High St. for a report of a fire at a condominium.
Upon arrival, firefighters observed thick smoke coming from one of the two connected units. A second alarm was raised due to the severity of the conditions, drawing all Ipswich firefighters off and on call and mutual aid partners from the Rowley Fire Department, Topsfield Fire Department, Fire Department Essex Fire Department, Hamilton Fire Department and Rehab 5. at the scene. Ipswich Police were on site and assisted with water supplies and traffic control.
The fire was brought under control around 5:45 a.m.
Firefighters learned that the building was uninhabited at the time of the fire due to construction work. No injuries were reported. The building has suffered extensive smoke and fire damage and will require extensive rehabilitation work.
The owner of the building is working with a family who was about to move into one of the units to find another home for the family.
Members of the Wenham, Manchester and Newbury fire services provided cover for the station.
“I want to thank our department members for their quick thinking and all of our mutual aid partners for their quick response,” said Chief Parisi. “With their help, we were able to bring this fire under control within an hour.”
The investigation indicates that the cause of the fire is accidental.