Officials probe massive fire that destroyed house  

Firefighters late Monday night battled this blaze in a home at 8 Brundrett Ave. in Andover. All occupants of the home were accounted for. 

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a massive fire that destroyed a large single-family house at 8 Brundrett Ave. late Monday night.

All residents of the home got out safely, according to police at the scene. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, according to scanner reports.

Denia Taylor of 30 Shattuck Road, who lives within a quarter-mile of the fire, said she heard an explosion around 10:30 p.m. The air was filled with smoke and ashes, she said.

"I thought it was fireworks," she said.

The blaze brought a full response from the Fire Department, including at least one ambulance. A Lawrence General Hospital ambulance also responded.

A long driveway leads to the house. The building was made mostly of wood with a partial brick facade on the front. Police restricted access to the property while firefighters attacked the flames.

Engine 2 drew water from a hydrant on Brundrett Avenue and fed engines that were close to the fire. A nearby hydrant on Chandler Road also supplied water.

Investigators from the state fire marshal's office were at the scene.

The neighborhood on Brundrett Avenue, which runs between River and Chandler roads, consists of large homes that are spread far apart from each other.

Andover was assisted with station coverage from Tewksbury, Lawrence and Wilmington.


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