AUBURN, Mass. — Auburn firefighters struggled to knock down a four-alarm structure fire at a Hampton Street home Thursday afternoon that left one dog dead.
At about 2 p.m., the fire department received a call reporting smoke from the front of the home, and arrived to heavy smoke pouring from the structure.
"The fire was very stubborn," said Fire Chief Stephen Coleman, who said it fire burned out the staircase in the first and second floors.
The chief said the construction of the home made extinguishing the fire difficult, as firefighters had to chase the fire through the walls and the ceiling.
"We were at four alarms due to the extensive overhaul," said Coleman, who explained the cold conditions and the heavy work inside called for more manpower.
"The cold conditions obviously takes a toll on the firefighters, not to mention the snow that we have to walk through to maneuver around the house," said the chief. "It's very challenging to raise ladders and drag hose lines. It makes it a little more complicated."
Mutual aid included firefighters from Oxford, Leicester and Grafton.
Though there is no indication of what caused the fire yet, the Fire Investigation Unit was also on the scene.
"It will be under investigation by both Auburn Fire and the Auburn Police Department," said Coleman.
The Hampton Street home belongs to David and Debbie Carlson. Though no one was home at the time of the fire, a family dog perished from the smoke, according to the chief.