Fire Damages Northborough Home

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A two-alarm fire caused significant smoke damage to the residence at 33 St. James Drive in Northborough. Photo Credit: Bret Matthew

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire at 33 St. James Drive on Tuesday afternoon, but not before there was significant smoke damage.

Residents reported the fire just after 4 p.m., said Fire Chief David Durgin, after seeing smoke and smelling burning rubber. Police officers who reached the scene first reported seeing "heavy, black smoke" coming from the second floor of the residence.

Firefighters from Westborough and Marlborough assisted in the response, while those from Southborough covered the Northborough station.

The blaze was extinguished within fifteen minutes, Durgin said, and the main residence and an apartment on the bottom floor were left with moderate smoke damage. There were no injuries.

Durgin said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Sue Starzyk, who has lived with her husband, Richard, at 33 St. James Drive since the late 1970's, said she arrived home to find firefighters already at work putting out the flames

Luckily, firefighters rescued their son's dog, Tessie, who had been on the second floor of the residence. Tessie was not hurt during the fire.

"She was in her crate, thank God, or else she'd be running about," Starzyk said.

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