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Porch Fire in Lowell Causes Minor Damage

January 7, 2019
Lowell firefighters deal with a minor fire that broke out on a second-story porch in the city s Centralville neighborhood at around 9:10 p.m. Sunday.

LOWELL -- Firefighters doused a fire that broke out on the second-floor porch of 63 Beaulieu St. in the city’s Centralville neighborhood Sunday night.

Lowell Fire Deputy Chief Phillip Charron said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

According to Michelle Downs -- who lives in the apartment where the porch is attached -- the cause was a cigarette ashtray.

Downs went over the experience as she stood in sub-freezing temperatures outside the residence with her boyfriend and 17-year-old daughter.

“I smelled smoke, so I looked out the window and I saw the smoke and flames, so I said, ‘Call 911,’” Downs said. “It scared me. My first thought was get my daughter and boyfriend out of the house.”

The call to emergency crews came over the emergency radio broadcast at around 9:10 p.m. Shortly after, firefighters were on scene reporting light smoke coming from the structure.

Charron said firefighters established there was a “very small fire” between the floorboards on the porch.

“The structure was a two-family home,” he said. “Fire was quickly knocked down and overhauled.”

Only minor damage was reported, as the fire was contained to the porch.

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