Young boy saves painter working upstairs when massive fire breaks out in home

A young child is being credited with saving a painter who was working in an upstairs bedroom when a massive fire broke out Monday in a Massachusetts home. The boy, a nanny and a painter were in the home when the five-alarm fire broke out. As the boy and his nanny started to evacuate, the boy told police he remembered that a painter was working upstairs and alerted him to get out, fire officials said. The wind-driven fire quickly engulfed the 6,000 square-foot, three-story, multi-million dollar home in Hingham. By 3 p.m., all that was left of the home was a brick chimney rising from the center of the rubble.“It was very apparent that the main body was going to be a complete loss. So, we wanted to prevent spread to the other buildings around here,” said Hingham Fire Chief Steve Murphy said.Crews tried dousing nearby homes with water to help keep them from also catching fire and being damaged, but four other homes were damaged.Sister station WCVB’s Michael Page, who was in Hingham at the time of the fire and was at the scene, saw neighbors using garden hoses to try to prevent their own homes from catching fire.“Everything is so close together here and it’s so dry that if the wind changes directions, this house could go, that house could go, my house could go. The whole block could have burned down,” neighbor Chris Moran said.There were no reports of injuries. More than 100 firefighters responded to the fire. Fire officials said the owners had just moved into the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials said it may have started on a porch.

A young child is being credited with saving a painter who was working in an upstairs bedroom when a massive fire broke out Monday in a Massachusetts home.

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The boy, a nanny and a painter were in the home when the five-alarm fire broke out. As the boy and his nanny started to evacuate, the boy told police he remembered that a painter was working upstairs and alerted him to get out, fire officials said.

The wind-driven fire quickly engulfed the 6,000 square-foot, three-story, multi-million dollar home in Hingham. By 3 p.m., all that was left of the home was a brick chimney rising from the center of the rubble.

“It was very apparent that the main body was going to be a complete loss. So, we wanted to prevent spread to the other buildings around here,” said Hingham Fire Chief Steve Murphy said.

Crews tried dousing nearby homes with water to help keep them from also catching fire and being damaged, but four other homes were damaged.

Sister station WCVB’s Michael Page, who was in Hingham at the time of the fire and was at the scene, saw neighbors using garden hoses to try to prevent their own homes from catching fire.

“Everything is so close together here and it’s so dry that if the wind changes directions, this house could go, that house could go, my house could go. The whole block could have burned down,” neighbor Chris Moran said.

There were no reports of injuries. More than 100 firefighters responded to the fire.

Fire officials said the owners had just moved into the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but officials said it may have started on a porch.

Contributed by local news sources

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