Freetown firefighters – and police – tackle house fire

(Freetown Police Department photo)

FREETOWN, Mass. (WPRI) – As Freetown firefighters battled a house fire Friday afternoon, a police officer grabbed a hose and lent a hand.

According to the Freetown Fire Department, the call came in at 1:10 p.m. at 65 Flagg Swamp Road. A shed on the property was burning, and the wind spread it to a garage and the attached house.

(Photo: Freetown Police Department)
(Photo: Freetown Police Department)

There were no hydrants in the area so firefighters used tankers to truck in water, and called for mutual aid from several nearby towns. Crews were able to get the fire under control quickly, although the shed and garage appeared to be total losses. No injuries were reported.

A Freetown police officer, Sergeant Elton Ashley, at one point grabbed a hose and assisted firefighters in their “blitz attack” on the fire in the garage.

Fire investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire.

The police department posted photos from the scene on their Facebook page, including shots of Sgt. Ashley wielding a fire hose.

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