Residents of a two-family home on Bay Street were displaced when a fire heavily damaged the building on Friday night. Fire Chief Chris Russo said the Hull police and fire departments were called at about 8:30p.m. on Feb. 18 and found smoke and fire on both floors of 26 Bay St.
“The responding fire department companies were on scene within minutes,” Russo said. “Under the orders of Captain Johnson, a working fire was ordered, bringing mutual aid companies from Hingham, Cohasset, and Norwell.” Russo said firefighters “made an aggressive attack” while evacuating residents. No injuries were reported and the fire was under control within about 30 minutes, the chief said.
The Red Cross helped the residents of the first-floor unit, a mother and two children, find a temporary place to stay at the Nantasket Beach Hotel, said Craig Wolfe, supervisor of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. He said the agency’s case workers are helping the family with longer-term needs, like replacing lost belongings and finding a permanent home, as it is unclear how long the building will be uninhabitable.
Wolfe credited the Hull Police with locating the family’s cat in the aftermath of the fire. Russo also said the fire operation was successful due to the cooperation between Hull’s first responding personnel.
“This area of town if densely populated and poses a major challenge for the members during fire operations,” the chief said. “I am always impressed with their efforts to contain structure fires from spreading to other closely located buildings. It’s a testament to our training and commitment in protecting the residents of Hull.” Russo estimated damage to the building at about $40,000 and said the cause is being investigated.