Fire consumes 5,000 square foot MA home

A fire engulfed a 5,000 square foot home in Newton, causing it to collapse completely on Friday night, media reported.

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the four alarm house fire on Gray Cliff Road around 10.30pm, WCVB reported. Neighbors didn’t notice the fire until it spread to all three floors of the home, according to WHDH.

Much of the house collapsed about 45 minutes after firefighters arrived, according to WCVB. The detached garage was ultimately the only building still standing after the rest of the house caved in, WHDH reported.

No one was inside the house at the time of the fire. The owners had gone on vacation, WHDH reported.

It took firefighters more than three hours to bring the blaze under control, authorities said. Firefighters from Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Waltham, Wellesley and Weston helped fight the flames.

“We would like to thank all of the mutual aid societies who helped not only with our 4 fire alarm on Gray Cliff rd but also covered our stations. Mutual aid is essential for large fires like this. Which took over 3 hours to battle,” the Newton Fire Department wrote in a Tweeter.

The way the house was located on top of a hill made it difficult for firefighters to get the volumes of water needed to put out the blaze to the house, according to Newton Deputy Fire Chief Fricke.

“It’s a small residential street in a residential area. We’re at the top of the hill, and so for us it’s a really tough situation,” Fricke said. Boston News 25. “The water pipes aren’t big, and when it comes to a house of this size and the volume of fire we had on arrival, you need a lot of water. We’re talking about several thousand gallons per minute. It is a really trying experience for the water supply system.

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