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Fire damages home.

Byline: Joni Koogler; Michael Kane

BOYLSTON - A single-family home on Green Street suffered significant damage to an attic, an upstairs bedroom and a bathroom last Friday in a two-alarm fire.

Fire Chief Joseph Flanagan said the 911 call reporting the fire came in around 2:19 p.m., soon after the homeowner reported the smell of burning rubber in the area.

Homeowner Walter Karpowski said he was in the home with a friend and could smell burning rubber. After he reported the odor, he received a call from his alarm company reporting a possible water problem in the home.

When Karpowski checked the upstairs area, he said he could hear crackling in the ceiling above the master bedroom. He called 911 to report the fire and evacuated the home. His wife was at work at the time.

At the scene, Karpowski described the fire as the type of thing you see on the news, happening to other people.

"The most important thing, though, is no one was hurt," he said.

Flanagan said it appears the fire originated in the upstairs bathroom.

"We have narrowed it down to the upstairs bathroom. That is the point of origin of the fire," Flanagan said. "We believe something was left on, possibly a heating lamp or a blower fan."

In addition to Boylston's tanker, tanker trucks responded from Bolton and Berlin. Additional departments sending assistance to the scene included Shrewsbury, West Boylston, Clinton, Sterling and Holden.

Lancaster sent a crew to cover the Boylston station, Flanagan said.

One Boylston firefighter was transported to the hospital with an ankle injury, Flanagan said. Other than that, there were no injuries.



CUTLINE: (1) No one was injured in a house fire on Green Street Friday that heavily damaged an attic and upstairs bathroom and bedroom. (2) Firefighters from several communities, including West Boylston, Clinton, Shrewsbury, Sterling, Holden and Lancaster responded to Boylston for the fire, which started in an upstairs bathroom.
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Date:Feb 8, 2013
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