TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) – Firefighters say a Taunton home is a complete loss after the third fire there since May.
The fire broke out at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at 86 Longmeadow Street, and according to Taunton firefighters, it was burning fiercely as they arrived.
“Flames were shooting through the roof,” Deputy Fire Chief Scott Dexter said.
The same house caught fire in late May, and a Taunton police officer forced his way inside to help evacuate the family. They all got out safely and have been staying with relatives ever since.
That’s what made Monday night’s fire at the home suspicious: after the May fire, the home was boarded up and the utilities shut off.
Saturday, firefighters stayed outside the home as they battled the blaze because the damage to the interior of the home from the previous two fires made it unsafe for them to enter.
“Common phrase is ‘surround and drown,’ so they stayed on the outside,” Dexter said.
Given that it’s the third time firefighters have been there, and given that nobody has been living there since May, Dexter said Saturday’s fire is “very suspicious.”
Signs seeking information on the fire are now posted at the property, offering a a $5,000 reward.
“Any information is valuable,” Dexter said.