District No. 1 crews knock down house fire in Bliss Corner

Apr 7, 2019

No one was injured in a morning house fire on April 7.

According to scanner reports and Dartmouth Fire District No. 1 Deputy Chief Jake Bettencourt, the call came in at around 11 a.m. for a fire at 17 Ashley Street in the Bliss Corner neighborhood.

The first units on scene discovered thick, heavy smoke and visible fire at the single-family home. After learning a person might still be inside, crews with the first responding engine conducted a search of the home, but determined the home was empty.

One person was in the home at the time the fire was reported, but made it out safely.

Crews had the fire knocked down in about 20 minutes. According to Bettencourt, the fire was centered in between the first and second floor of the house, which made it particularly tough to battle.

“[Crews] found the fire in between the two floors, which made it rather difficult [to fight,]” Bettencourt said. “They vented the roof to pull the fire through, and were able to knock it down.”

An investigation into the cause of the the fire is ongoing. Three people were displaced, and are receiving assistance from the Red Cross.