Merrimac Fire Department Extinguishes Garage Fire

Tuesday February 21, 2023

MERRIMAC — Chief Larry Fisher reports that the Merrimac Fire Department extinguished a garage fire at a home on Brandy Brow Road.
On Wednesday, Feb. 15, at approximately 4:55 p.m., the Merrimac Fire Department received a 911 call reporting a fire in an attached garage at 268 Brandy Brow Road.
Companies responded to find heavy smoke showing from the garage on arrival, and requested a first-alarm response that brought an engine company from Amesbury and ladder truck from Salisbury to the scene to support Merrimac firefighters.
Merrimac firefighters quickly stretched a hose line through the home and into the attached garage, where they were able to knock down the fire by about 5:20 p.m.
The quick response and knockdown is the result of having the fire station staffed. Had it not been, the results could have been much different.
There were no reported injuries.
Fire damage was contained to the home’s garage, and the family of four who lives in the home was able to remain once the fire was out.
Chief Fisher credited the homeowner for properly installing fire-rated sheet rock on the walls and ceiling of the garage when he converted it to a workshop area. That process helped prevent the fire from spreading more quickly. There was an estimated $30,000 worth of damage to the garage and its contents.
“Following proper building and fire codes is always beneficial to homeowners, and the proper installation of sheet rock was essential in enabling us to contain this fire to the home’s garage,” said Chief Fisher.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Merrimac Fire Department.

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