HINGHAM — Whitman Fire Department was among 12 regional departments providing assistance from firefighters, chiefs and station coverage as they aided the Hingham Fire Department in battling a four-alarm fire at a large house Monday afternoon. The blaze had spread to at least four other homes in the area.
No injuries were reported in the fire that is under investigation by the Hingham Fire and Police departments and the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office.
While the 6,000-square-foot house was a total loss and other homes sustained damage. Three people were inside 4 Mann St. when the initial fire started and all got out safely.
The family will also be displaced. Several homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution due the fire embers spreading to nearby houses.
At approximately 12:50 p.m., Hingham Fire responded to 4 Mann St. after receiving multiple calls about a home being on fire.
While responding to the scene, firefighters could see large amounts of smoke above the house and struck a second alarm.
Upon arrival, the house was fully involved and a third alarm was immediately called for. At 1:30 p.m., Chief Murphy struck a fourth alarm as the fire continued to spread.
Area residents were asked water down mulch beds on their properties.
Three people were inside 4 Mann St. when the initial fire started and all got out safely. The family will also be displaced.
Several homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution due the fire embers spreading to nearby houses.
About 120 firefighters from nine of the communities, Hull, Cohasset, Norwell, Scituate, Rockland, Weymouth, Quincy, Braintree and Hanover Fire departments responded to the scene and the Whitman and Brockton Fire departments sent chiefs to provide assistance and Abington Fire Department provided station coverage for Hingham.
The Hingham Police Department controlled access to the site and aided in evacuating neighbors from the affected area.
National Grid and Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant were working to restore gas and electricity to the neighborhood after it had been shut off by the utility companies.
— Tracy F. Seelye