Fire damages Oak Bluffs home

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Oak Bluffs fire personnel responded to a structure fire on Alpine Avenue. — Lucas Thors

Updated at 4:25 pm

Oak Bluffs fire personnel responded to a house fire on Alpine Avenue at approximately 3 pm Monday, where one wall was fully involved.

Multiple ambulances, fire trucks, and police vehicles were on the scene after a passerby reported seeing black smoke coming from a house as he turned onto Alpine Avenue, according to Oak Bluffs Fire Chief John Rose.

When emergency response crews arrived, one wall of the building was fully involved, and the flames were reaching up into the rafters and eaves, Rose said. 

Alpine Avenue was closed to vehicle and foot traffic for about 30 minutes as crews sprayed water on any smoldering siding or walls, and ventilated the building with large fans. 

Rose noted the melted trash barrels that were leaning up on the charred wall of the house, and said they could have been the culprit, although the cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

One occupant of the house who was home when the fire started said he heard a “pop.”

Rose said the response team was able to reach the house rapidly because an engine was readily available at the time of the fire.

The scene was fully cleared at approximately 3:40 pm.