2 houses on Webster Lake destroyed.
WEBSTER - Heat and flames from a burning house at 129 South Shore Road early yesterday extended to nearby properties, setting fire to the house next door, at 131 South Shore Road, and melting the siding from a house across the street, at 127 South Shore Road. Burning ash made its way about a block away from the fire, igniting brush.
The houses at 129 and 131 South Shore Road, on a peninsula that juts into Webster Lake, were destroyed, according to fire officials.
One firefighter was taken to an area hospital for treatment of an ankle injury; no residents were injured.
Fire Chief Brian Hickey said nobody was home when the first fire broke out. A neighbor reported seeing flames a few minutes after 1 a.m. The two-story house was in flames when firefighters arrived. The second home quickly caught fire because the initial blaze was so intense and the houses were so close together.
Chief Hickey called a third alarm, and firefighters from Dudley, Uxbridge, Southbridge and Douglas came to provide mutual aid.
The initial fire remains under investigation, Chief Hickey said. "Thankful that nobody was in the house," Chief Hickey said. "I'm thankful no one was injured."
The house at 129 South Shore Road is owned by Martha Sullivan, and the house at 131 South Shore Road is owned by Michael K. Chung, according to town records.
Firefighters from Thompson covered the town's fire station.
CUTLINE: Homes at 129 and 131 South Shore Road, on a peninsula that juts into Webster Lake, were destroyed by fire early yesterday morning.
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