, Newburyport, MA

October 6, 2012

Minor damage in Amesbury house fire

By Mac Cerullo Staff Writer
Newburyport Daily News

---- — AMESBURY – An Allenclair Drive resident sought shelter in a hotel after an early-morning fire yesterday caused minor damage to the family’s house.

The fire occurred at a ranch-style, single-family house at 3 Allenclair Drive. No injuries were reported.

Fire officials said the blaze occurred in a back room, but a representative of the American Red Cross said it was at least bad enough that the occupants had the option of spending the night elsewhere.

American Red Cross spokeswoman Kat Powers said there were two people staying at the house. Both were offered a hotel stay; only one of them accepted the offer.

“There was a fire in the wee hours of the morning and we were called there by first responders,” Powers said. “An occupant of the building could not stay there overnight, so the American Red Cross provided the occupant with a hotel stay for the evening.”

Assistant Fire Chief Glenn Fournier would not identify who was at the property at the time of the fire, and added that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Both the Fire Department and the Red Cross said the fire was fairly minor and they expected the resident should be able to return home soon.