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Dorchester man’s house burns as he’s rushed to hospital

Staff Report
Published: 1/22/2020 6:16:11 PM
Modified: 1/22/2020 10:28:17 PM

DORCHESTER — The owner of a log cabin on River Road suffered serious burns and his home subsequently burned to the ground as his tenant was rushing him to the hospital Tuesday evening, according to fire officials.

Firefighters were called to the home on River Road in Dorchester, near the intersection of Route 118, around 8:50 p.m. and found it “fully involved” by fire, Canaan Fire Chief Bill Bellion said Wednesday.

“By the time we got there, it was from the basement, where we think it started, all the way up through two stories and through the roof,” said Bellion, whose department helps provide fire coverage in Dorchester.

Bellion said public safety officials had gotten a call about an hour earlier that there had been a medical emergency at the home, and that the tenant was taking the homeowner, Michael Curran, to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center with burn injuries.

An hour later, Canaan was called about a fire at the home, Bellion said. The basement, where Curran was living, had a woodstove, Bellion said, but fire officials have not been able to interview Curran, who was later transported to a Boston hospital because of his injuries.

The tenant and his son, who had been at a Cub Scout meeting that evening, were not injured, but also lost all their possessions. Bellion said the Red Cross was called to assist the tenants.

Along with Canaan, crews from Enfield, Grafton, Rumney and Danbury, N.H., responded to the fire, and firefighters had to return Wednesday morning to put out some hot spots in the ruins.




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