Douglas (MA) firefighters responded to a house fire on July 4, 2016, on Gilboa Street. Companies arrived to find smoke coming from a 2-1/2 story wood frame duplex. The house was situated on a hill and had several trees in the front yard, which left limited access for ladders. Firefighters found fire in the attic area, which quickly made its way through the roof. Command struck a quick second alarm bringing in mutual aid. Interior companies reported that the fire was traveling the attic area and knee walls, which were behind lathe and plaster walls. A third alarm was struck to get more manpower to the scene and rotate crews out of the attic area. The fire was placed under control in about three hours.                                                             

– Fire News photo by Ken LaBelle