Choate Road Two-Family Damaged in Two-Alarm Fire

Photo: The aftermath of the fire on Choate Road.

A Choate Road two family was heavily damaged after a two-alarm fire ripped through the rear of the structure and into the attic on Friday afternoon, Sept. 1.

A Belmont firefighter suffered a non-life threatening injury fighting the fire. None of the occupants at 3-5 Choate Road near the corner of Dalton Road were hurt; two who lived in the top condo unit escaped the fire while the occupants of the second were not home.

According to Belmont Fire, the 1:44 p.m. fire began in the rear of the two-and-a-half story structure built in 1928 and shot up the back of the building and into the attic via the eaves. First responders from Belmont Ladder 1 witnessed a blaze along the exterior of the building and coming through the roof. Firefighters from Belmont and Cambridge fought the fire as ladder trucks allowed crews to cut a hole in the ceiling to access the attic blaze. The fire was put out and the building secured.

Belmont received mutual aid from Cambridge, Watertown and Arlington departments.

Photos of the fire can be viewed on the website of the Belmont firefighters’ union, Local 1637.

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