Crews battle Somerset kitchen fire

Crews clean up after a fire on Albany Drive in Somerset. (Photo: Scott Del Sole | WPRI 12)

SOMERSET, Mass. (WPRI) — The cause of a late-morning house fire in Somerset is under investigation.

According to Deputy Chief Paul Paquette, crews found heavy smoke coming from the first and second floor of the home when they arrived at 32 Albany Drive sometime after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Paquette said the fire broke out in the kitchen of an apartment attached to the home.

A woman who was on oxygen was in the other part of the structure when the fire broke out. Paquette said firefighters were able to get her out safely and she was taken to a local hospital.

When asked about the risk oxygen tanks could pose, Paquette said, “When it’s labeled on the door, it makes us aware of the potential danger.”

Swansea’s fire department was called in to help with the fire.somerset fire oxygen tanks

“We just battled a blaze earlier this morning, so our guys were kind of tired. I knew we needed some fresh hands on the incident,” Paquette said, adding that crews were able to douse the flames in about 10 to 15 minutes.

Paquette said the house was safe for people to stay, but the apartment was uninhabitable.

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