Firefighters battle 2-alarm fires during arctic blast in Quincy, Easton on Saturday

EASTON, Mass. — Firefighters battled 2-alarm fires in Easton and Quincy as an arctic blast caused subzero temperatures across the region on Saturday, fire officials said.

In Easton, at about 4:21 a.m., a homeowner reported fire in the attic of their home at 339 Depot St., Easton Fire Chief Justin Alexander said in a statement.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire coming through the roof of the multi-story, single-family home.

Firefighters began attacking the fire from the home’s interior.

Crews also battled the extreme cold while fighting the fire, and were able to extinguish the fire quickly by ensuring a steady flow of water, Alexander said.

“The temperatures were well below zero with wind chill at least at minus-35. Water freezes quickly, and the crews did an amazing job keeping water flowing to the fire,” Alexander said. “Without their training and hard work this fire could have had a far worse outcome.”

Several surrounding communities responded to provide mutual aid, including Brockton, Norton, Raynham, and Stoughton Fire Departments, Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Emergency Communications Center, Easton Community Emergency Response Team, the Mansfield Emergency Management Agency, and the state Department of Fire Services Special Operations rehabilitation unit.

The Avon Fire Department provided station coverage. Easton Police and the Easton Department of Public Works also responded.

Meanwhile, over in Quincy, firefighters battled a second-alarm fire in sub-zero conditions on Liberty Street.

According to Quincy Fire, the fire began at a Collison Center and spread to another commercial building.

Fire crews were dealing with frozen hydrants and water issues due to the cold.

Both fires remain under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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