Smoke was flowing over Lincoln Street early Thursday morning as a house fire ripped through a nearby home, forcing fire fighters to battle the flames and the elements.
"The wind makes is an issue," said Deputy Fire Chief Ron Ayotte, who explained the wind and freezing rain soaked fire fighters.
The two alarm fire was first noticed by a police cruiser in the area. When fire crews arrived, there were heavy fire conditions from the second floor and burning through the roof of the two family home at 10 LaCouture Ct., according to a release from the fire department.
"Everybody got out safely," said Ayotte who stated one woman was transported to the Marlborough Hospital for smoke inhalation as a precaution.
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A second alarm was sounded at 5:16 a.m. by Fire Chief Jim Fortin, calling in mutual aid from Hudson and Northborough to the fire with engines from Sudbury and Southborough covering stations 2 and 3. A total of three engines, two ladder trucks and a rescue vehicle were sent to the scene from Marlborough.
Fire fighters initially went into defensive operations to knock the fire down from the outside.
"They tackled it with big fire hoses," said Ayotte who explained off duty personnel came in to provide relief for those fighting the fire. "They were here for quite a while."
Once the fire had been knocked down, crews could enter the building to extinguish hot spots and search for hidden fires in the walls, ceilings and other spaces.
The fire displaced at least three residents. It is believed to have started in the second floor. The damage is so extensive that the building will probably be torn down, said Jennifer Meith of the State Fire Marshal's Office.
The cause of the fire is undetermined, said fire officials, and under investigation by the Marlborough Fire Department's Fire Investigation Unit and the Office of the State Fire Marshal.