AYER — A family was displaced and one person was hospitalized for smoke inhalation after a two-alarm fire broke out on Saturday, authorities say.
The fire at the single-family home at 22 Bligh St. was reported to emergency crews around 5:20 p.m., according to Ayer Fire Capt. Timothy Shea.
Firefighters arrived on the scene to find heavy flames torching a porch of the two-story structure, Shea said. The fire captain added those inside the home successfully evacuated the residence after they were alerted by smoke alarms and a neighbor who saw the flames.
The resident of the home who suffered smoke inhalation was transported by ambulance to an area hospital.
Shea said firefighters had the blaze under control within an hour of their arrival. No firefighters were injured.
“I would say the building is totaled,” Shea said.
The residents of the damaged home are receiving assistance through the Red Cross.
The Ayer Fire Department was assisted at the scene by fire departments from Devens, Lunenburg, Littleton, Groton and Shirley. The Harvard Fire Department provided coverage for the Ayer Fire Department during the blaze.
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