At approximately 3:58 pm on Saturday February 12th Georgetown EOPS received a frantic call from a female reporting a fire in the building at 11 School Street. The homeowner reported she was working in her upstairs when she discovered the fire in her bedroom. Within three minutes Car 3 (Deputy Moyer), soon followed by Car 2 (Deputy Ricker), were on scene. Car 3 found light smoke showing from the second floor of an occupied single family house just off the downtown Georgetown Square.
Engine 5 was ordered by command to pick up the hydrant at West Main and School Streets and lay in. Ladder 1 was quickly behind the engine and set up ground ladders around the house as Engine 5 entered with an attack line. Upon making the second floor C-2 reported a heavy smoke condition with heat. Crews performed a primary search looking for the homeowners pet dog. Engine 4 stood by the hydrant. Command called for an engine and ambulance to the scene from Byfield as well as an engine company to the scene from Groveland. The Boxford Fire Department was asked to send an engine company for station coverage. Chief Beardsley reported the fire was quickly knocked by the crew from Engine 5.
Crews immediately performed a secondary search for the dog and found him under a bed. Firefighters and personnel from AMR Ambulance utilized special oxygen masks designed for animals in an attempt to revive the dog. The dog was subsequently transported to a local emergency vet hospital. Chief Beardsley along with the Georgetown Building Inspector, Electrical Inspector and a Trooper from the State Fire Marshall's Office conducted an immediate investigation. The fire appeared to be electrical in origin.
The homeowner was also transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation and later released. The entire second and third floors sustained heavy smoke and heat damage while there was only minor water damage on the first floor. "For the second time recently, Georgetown fire crews were able to make a very quick and aggressive interior attack that saved the building from almost certain total loss", reported Chief Beardsley. He continued, "I'm very proud of the work done at this fire and the one on North Street. It truly demonstrates how the hard work and training pay off!"