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2 rescued from roof of burning Mass. house

Westborough firefighters rescued two people during a 2-alarm house fire

By Jackson Cote

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Two people were rescued from the roof of a burning building after a fire broke out in Westborough early Sunday, according to authorities.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at 22-26 South St. in Westborough shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday. There was a report of a structure fire, and when first responders arrived, they found heavy flames coming from the back of the building, the Westborough Fire Department said in a statement.

Two people who were residents of the building were trapped on the structure’s roof while trying to escape the fire. Firefighters rescued them with ground ladders from a Westborough fire engine and truck, according to the department.

Firefighters then made an aggressive attack on the fire, which reached two alarms. The blaze was brought under control by around 2:40 a.m., the department said.

Nobody was injured in the fire. Damages to the building, including to the apartments upstairs and restaurant below, were estimated to be around $1 million, according to the department.

Firefighters from Framingham, Grafton, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough and Upton were at the scene of the fire to help with the response, the department noted.

“Westborough firefighters rescued two victims over ladders,” the Shrewsbury Fire Department said in a Facebook post. “Good work by everyone on scene!”

South Street was closed for a period of time from the rotary to Cottage Street, according to the Shrewsbury Police Department.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Westborough Fire Department and the District 14 Fire Investigation Unit.

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