A West Newbury home was damaged by a four-alarm fire early Friday morning.

Heavy flames were coming out the back of the one-and-a-half story home as firefighters arrived around 4:20 a.m., according to West Newbury Fire Chief Michael Dwyer. The residents of the home and their pets had already escaped the fire.

The fire went to three alarms to bring in additional crews to help knock out the fire. Approximately 1,200 feet of hose and a half-dozen water tanker trucks were used to extinguish the fire. The home was declared inhabitable.

Fire at a home on Middle Street in West Newbury 5/27/22
Fire at a home on Middle Street in West Newbury 5/27/22 (Newburyport Firefighter Michael Kent)

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the West Newbury Fire Department and the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Newburyport, Groveland, Georgetown, Newbury, Boxford, Hampton Falls, Amesbury, Haverhill, Middleton, Plaistow, and the Seacoast Chief Fire Officers Mutual Aid District Air Trailer all responded to the fire.

Several hours earlier, fire destroyed a barn on Rowell Road in East Kingston. A boat and two vehicles were damaged.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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