A wind driven fire ripped through a two family home at the intersection of Howland and Chestnut Streets late Monday evening, making three people homeless and causing over $100,000 in damages.

Marlborough Fire Alarm received numerous 911 calls reporting the fire. Engine 2, based at Station 2 on Pleasant Street , just a block away was the first fire unit to respond. Acting Lieutenant Eric Clapper reported that he had heavy fire showing from three windows on the second floor and requested that Box 526 be struck for a working fire. Engine 1, Rescue 1 and Ladder 2 responded from Fire Headquarters. Captain Bill Pappas, arriving with Engine 1 requested a second alarm, bringing Engine 3 and Ladder 1 to the scene and calling back off duty personnel to man the reserve engines. Fire Chief John Kyle also responded on the second alarm.

After questioning bystanders and determining that there was nobody in the house, the initial attack crews made an attempt to get to the second floor of the home, but were driven back down the stairs to the first floor due to the intense heat and blowtorch intensity fire. The initial fire attack was from the outside, to knock down as much fire as possible to allow an interior fire attack to begin. The Ladder crews opened up the roof area to ventilate the building. Once that was done, the firefighters were able to attack the fire from inside. After the fire was knocked down, firefighter had to open up the walls and ceilings of the second floor unit to check for any extension of the fire into the void spaces of the structure.

The second floor apartment and attic area suffered extensive fire damage. The owner of the building and occupant of the second floor apartment, Emre Tezduyar was not at home at the time of the fire. The first floor apartment, occupied by Mohammed and Shireen Nadeen suffered extensive smoke and water damage. All three residents were assisted by the American Red Cross disaster team to find temporary lodging.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the blaze. Firefighter Bob Dolan suffered burns to both of his ears in the initial fire attack; Firefighter Paul Zompetti got debris in his eye. Both firefighter were treated at the scene by personnel from Patriot Ambulance Medic 6 and returned to fire duty after treatment.

The fire appears to have originated in the living room area. The MFD’s Fire Cause and Origin personnel and the State Fire Marshal were on the scene conducting an investigation; a cause has not yet been determined.