The Lynn Fire Department battled two separate fires on Pine Hill streets less than 48 hours apart last week, as an Ontario Street family was left homeless and a Woodlawn Street home suffered a basement fire.
The department first responded to a report of a fire at 48 Ontario Street at approximately 11:30 p.m. last Thursday night, where the homeowner and his family were able to escape the fire, but lost the family’s dog in the blaze.
A Lynn firefighter was also hurt fighting the fire, when he fell into the home’s cellar.
Lieutenant Sean Martin was taken to Salem Hospital by ambulance with a shoulder injury, after falling into the basement while fighting the fire.
The cause of the fire was still undetermined as of Monday morning, but the home was determined to be uninhabitable.
Just over 12 hours later firefighters responded to 151 Woodlawn Street, at 1:47 p.m., on the report of a fire in the basement there.
According to Fire Chief James McDonald, the cause of the fire at Woodlawn Street may be related to “combustible material” that was apparently stored close to “an ignition source.”
McDonald went on to say that the fire spread into the walls of the first floor, before being extinguished.