A Merrimac home and a car suffered heavy damage from an early Saturday morning drill.
According to Fire Chief Larry S. Fisher, heavy smoke and fire was coming from the two-story timber-frame family home on High Street when firefighters first arrived around 1:30 a.m. and a second alarm has been raised to provide further assistance. Firefighters extinguished most of the blaze around 2.15am but gave mutual aid and support with a third alarm.
Video of the fire shows a car parked in front of the house completely engulfed in flames.
The occupants of the house escaped unharmed, according to the chief.
An Amesbury firefighter was taken by ambulance to hospital as a precaution while battling the blaze. Crews from East Kingston, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Newbury, Newburyport, Newton, NH, Plaistow, Salisbury and West Newbury also responded to the fire with a rehabilitation unit from the Massachusetts Fire Department and the Department of Atlantic ambulance.
The Merrimac Fire Department, Office of the State Fire Marshal, and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Fire Marshal are investigating the cause of the fire.