Firefighter injured in 2-alarm Grafton fire; neighbor came to aid

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Firefighters assess fire damage to a home Logan Path in Grafton on Wednesday.
Firefighters assess fire damage to a home Logan Path in Grafton on Wednesday.

GRAFTON — One firefighter was injured shortly before noon Wednesday after a two-alarm fire filled the kitchen of a home on Logan Path, at the shore of Lake Ripple.

The fire was reported at 11:20 a.m. by a neighbor who saw smoke rising across the street, according to Grafton Fire Chief Eric Mathieu.

Neighbor Mike Randell, knowing no one was home, called the Fire Department and immediately ran to his neighbor’s house to try to let the dog out through the front door, but to no avail.

Randell used a garden hose to contain the fire until crews arrived from Grafton and Westborough.

Firefighters tore a hole in the roof to release a buildup of smoke and heat before putting out the fire within 15 minutes, according to Mathieu.

During the efforts, a firefighter suffered a sprained ankle and was transported to a hospital, said Mathieu.

Buddy, a 12-year-old chocolate Labrador, was rescued by firefighters. The pet was not injured, according to Mathieu.

He added that the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The owner of the house, Bill Greene, was not home while the fire was fought. After arriving at the scene in the early afternoon, he was consoled by Randell.

In an interview, Greene expressed gratitude for his neighbors' intervention.

“We’re a close-knit neighborhood down here,” said Greene. “We watch out for others, and it’s amazing what (Randell) did.”

This article originally appeared on Telegram & Gazette: Firefighter injured in two-alarm fire on Logan Path in Grafton