• Fire in Tewksbury home sends one to the hospital with minor injuries

    By: Julie Leonardi

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    TEWKSBURY, Mass. - One person has been injured in a house fire in Tewksbury on Martha Avenue. The victim was sent to the hospital with minor burns.  

    "Burned hand at this time, one of the occupants possibly trying to extinguish the fire," said Fire Chief Michael Hazel.

    Fire officials say the fire started on the first floor. Four adults were inside at the time, but everyone made it out safely.

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    Neighbors watched as the home went up in smoke.

    "I looked out the window and the whole house was engulfed in flames," said Sheila Hanrahan of Tewksbury. 

    Hanrahan, a next-door neighbor, says she was worried flames would spread to her own home.

    "I happened to think, 'Hm, maybe I should get my things in case I have to leave in a hurry,'" Hanarahan said.  

    Fire officials were alerted by the homeowner that firearms were stored inside the home, but they say the flames did not reach it and that they were safely stored in a fire proof area.

    The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

    The Tewksbury Fire Chief says there is extensive damage to the first and second floor areas just on the left side of the home. 

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