At 3:16PM on Saturday, April 28th the owner of the home at 30 Wheelock Street in Oxford called 911 to report a fire in a bedroom of the home. Oxford’s Police and Fire Departments arrived within minutes and began to fight the flames. In a press release, Deputy Fire Chief Jon Belanger said the fire was quickly upgraded to a second, then third alarm so that additional resources could be brought in from surrounding towns.
In addition to several Oxford Fire units, mutual aid was brought in from Auburn, Webster, Dudley, Charlton, Leicester, Southbridge, Sutton, Paxton, Millbury, Northbridge and Uxbridge. The fire was knocked down about 30 minutes later. Deputy Chief Belanger says, “The two home owners were home when the fire began but, were outside of the residence when the fire started. Both adult residents will be displaced as a result of the fire.”
The cause of the fire is considered to be accidental, and damage is estimated at $110,000. There were no injuries reported. More photographs of the scene are below from photographer Tony Fitzherbert.