Authorities say no one found inside Wareham house destroyed by fire

By Matthew Bernat | Mar 29, 2018
Photo by: Linda Lukan Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home at 36 Restful Lane early Thursday morning.

Wareham and Onset Fire Department crews combated a massive house fire in the town’s Shangri-La neighborhood early Thursday morning. Authorities had been searching the destroyed home for one unaccounted for person after the blaze, but found nothing.

"No one was located inside the building,"  said Wareham Fire Department Acting Chief Pat Haskell. He declined to comment further on the person's identity or if they had been located elsewhere, saying the matter is currently under investigation.

Haskell said first responders received a 911 call at approximately 3 a.m. for the fire. Wareham Police officers, who were first on the scene, reported that a home at 36 Restful Lane was engulfed in flames. Fire crews arrived and battled the fire from the outside, unable to make entry into the home.

The State Fire Marshal’s office and Massachusetts State Police are trying to determine what caused the blaze.

“It’s under investigation right now,” Haskell said. “It’s likely going to be a long, drawn out process.”

Haskell noted that officials were unable to get close enough to the home to start investigating until 9 a.m. Construction crews worked Thursday morning to make the scene safe for investigators, tearing down portions of the two-story home, which was completely gutted.

Next door neighbor Linda Lukan said the fire’s roar woke up her husband, who then rousted Lukan.

“My husband heard it first, it sounded like rocks hitting the windows, a lot of cracking and popping,” said Lukan. “And the heat. Oh God, you couldn’t miss the heat.”

Lukan said flames towered over the home during the blaze and at one point Wareham Police said the couple may have to evacuate. Haskell noted that there was a “large volume of flames” when firefighters arrived on the scene.

Lukan, and another neighbor Elias Broufas, who lives across the street, said the home was unoccupied at the time. Both said a tree that fell on the home’s roof during a March 2 nor’easter forced town officials to condemn the building. Lukan said the tree was removed a few days before the fire, but the homeowner, listed as William Nazario according to state records, hadn’t moved back in yet.

Firefighters watch as a demolition crew knocks down walls of a home destroyed by a fire. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Crews work to make the scene safe for investigators. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Firefighters on the scene at 36 Restful Lane. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Smoke rises from a home destroyed by a blaze on Thursday morning. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
A television news crews films firefighters at work. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Acting Wareham Fire Chief Pat Haskell said no one was found inside the home after the blaze after authorities announced one person was unaccounted for early Thursday. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
CBS 4 reporter Anna Meiler at the scene Thursday morning. Several Boston news crews reported on the fire. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Rjnjr09 | Mar 29, 2018 13:42

Great job by all agencies involved glad to hear no one was hurt!

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