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BPavoncello 9/20/11 this says format only but there is a time element that needs to be addressed

By Sarah Favot


BPavoncello 9/20/11 CAP: Ayer firefighters responded to a fire at 78 West Main St. yesterday. One firefighter was transported to the hospital and released.

AYER — Police and fire officials are working to determine the cause of a fire at a duplex on West Main Street yesterday that sent one firefighter to the hospital with minor injuries.

The fire was detected at 3:40 p.m. at a duplex at 78 West Main St. by residents inside the home, according to fire Capt. Timothy Johnston.

Residents got out of the building safely before firefighters arrived.

The fire appears to have originated in a second-floor bedroom, said Johnston. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in about an hour, Johnston said. He said Ayer police and fire departments and the state Department of Fire Services were investigating the cause of the fire.

As of last night, Johnston said he didn’t have an estimate of the amount of damage to the structure, but he predicted the damages would total several thousands of dollars.

The home is not livable and the residents, two adults and four children, are under the care of the Red Cross, said Johnston.

One firefighter was transported to Nashoba Valley Medical Center and treated for dehydration. The firefighter was released last night. Mutual aid was received from the Devens, Shirley, Littleton, Harvard and Westford fire departments, said Johnston.

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