A husband and wife safely fled their Swampscott home early Monday when a two-alarm fire broke out between the second and third floors, officials said.
The couple and their two dogs were able to escape the fire just after 3 a.m., officials said. The husband slipped on ice outside and was taken to Salem Hospital with minor injuries. A firefighter also cut his hand during the response.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Swampscott Fire Chief Kevin Breen said it was likely some sort of electrical short. Breen estimated the blaze caused about $750,000 of damage.
“[The wife] woke up and saw fire coming out the side of the house outside her bedroom window,” Breen said. “She tried to pour water on it, and as she came downstairs the smoke detectors activated.”
That’s when the two fled the home, Breen said. Firefighters had some difficulty bringing personnel and equipment through a dense neighborhood of narrow streets, Breen said, forcing him to call for a second alarm.
Once they arrived, firefighters were able to contain the flames to one part of the house, he said.