Firefighter treated for heat exhaustion as Westport home goes up in flames

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WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — A Westport firefighter is recovering after battling flames at a vacant home Monday night.

The two-story home on Davis Road and a cottage located behind it were both fully engulfed when crews arrived on scene.

“We weren’t able to get in. The floors had collapsed, so it’s been basically outside work,” said Westport Fire Chief Brian Legendere. “The way the fire was so well developed and being an abandoned house, it wasn’t worth sending people in.”

In addition to the flames, firefighters had to contend with the brutal heat. Officials confirmed one firefighter is being treated for heat exhaustion.

“Firefighters, manpower, we have to rotate them quickly because they get dehydrated quickly,” Legendere added. “We have mutual aid from Tiverton, city of Fall River, Dartmouth Fire District, they’re all all here lending help.”

No other injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.