AMESBURY — As local and state fire officials continue to investigate a three-alarm fire that ravaged a Spindle Tree Lane house last Tuesday, the condition of the still-hospitalized male homeowner has improved in recent days.
Days after the fire, John Singleton was listed in critical condition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. But yesterday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed that Singleton has been upgraded to “good” condition.
John and Mary Singleton were home when a surging fire was spotted by a neighbor, prompting firefighters from across the region to converge on the two-story Colonial. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, fire, accompanied by heavy smoke, was shooting out of several areas in the back of the house, which led firefighters to believe the house was in danger of becoming fully enveloped.
Minutes later, firefighters were ordered out of the house for fear the roof would collapse on them. The roof eventually did cave in. Afterward, firefighters established defensive positions to ensure the fire didn’t spread to any other homes.
While both of the Singletons managed to escape the fire, John Singleton sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to the Boston hospital. Mary Singleton was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, where she was treated and released. The couple’s dog was found dead inside the home after the fire had been extinguished.
Yesterday, Amesbury fire Chief Jonathan Brickett said the cause and origin of the fire is still under investigation and that nothing has changed since Thursday. That day, Brickett expressed hope that a final determination could be released as soon as last Friday.
With the house almost certainly a total loss and most of their possessions gone, neighbors and complete strangers have rushed to assist the Singletons.
In only one day, 93 people donated more than $5,000 at the GoFundMe account established in the hours after the fire by a local social worker who has never met the Singletons. At the same time, the Pettengill House in Amesbury announced it is accepting monetary donations on behalf of the Singletons, with 100 percent of donations going directly to the family.