Fire damages Cobbs Creek residence
The fire was called in by a neighbor at 2:49 p.m. and Fire Chief Todd Wilson said heavy fire and smoke were showing when crews arrived at the scene just three minutes later.
Those initial crews did a good job of knocking down the fire, said Wilson, and it was under control in about 45 minutes. Gloucester Fire and Rescue sent two engines with crews to back up the six engines and one rescue truck that Mathews had on the scene. Wilson said he had requested mutual aid because of the need to rotate crews during Saturday’s warm temperatures. Twenty to 25 firefighters were on the scene including those from Gloucester, he said. In addition, the MVFD Auxiliary brought water.
Wilson said a one-story addition to the two-story house was a total loss and there was extensive heat, smoke and water damage throughout the home. While the main portion of the house appeared to be “relatively structurally sound,” he said that all the interior plaster walls and lathing would probably have to be ripped out. In addition, most of the furniture and personal items were destroyed or damaged beyond repair except for a few things on the second floor. He gave “a very rough estimate” of the cost of damages of $75,000.