Fire Damages Groton Road Multi-family House, April 19

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A raging fire heavily damaged a Groton Road residence in Westford on April 19, bringing mutual aid from five communities and drawing eight engines to the site.

No one was injured.

A three-story house at 472 Groton Road, Westford, suffered extensive damage from a raging fire on April 19. COURTESY PHOTO

The three-story house at 472 Groton Road was undergoing renovations and was vacant, according to Fire Lt. Don Parsons, who posted a public notice on the Fire Department’s Facebook page.

The fire was first noticed coming from a second floor window.

“Companies went to a defensive attack knocking the bulk of fire down before entering for overhaul,” stated Parsons. “The building sustained extensive fire and water damage.”

Mutual aid came from Tyngsborough, Nashua, Chelmsford, Dunstable, Littleton and Lowell-based Trinity EMS. Lowell and Ayer provided station coverage.

In January 2018 the Board of Health condemned the three-family building after receiving letters from the renters that the house had no running water since Dec. 3, 2017, and two of the units had no heat during a string of January days when the temperature dipped below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

According to the town’s property assessment data, the house is owned by Anthony and Mildred Didonato, who live at 476 Groton Road.

The cause of the fire is not known. The event is under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office, Parsons stated.