House fire in Orange displaces family

The second-floor window in a home at 86 Mechanic St. in Orange that caught fire on Wednesday.

The second-floor window in a home at 86 Mechanic St. in Orange that caught fire on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Fire trucks line Mechanic Street in Orange, the scene of a two-alarm fire that displaced a family on Wednesday.

Fire trucks line Mechanic Street in Orange, the scene of a two-alarm fire that displaced a family on Wednesday. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Firefighters exit a two-story, gambrel-style home that was the scene of a fire Wednesday morning on Mechanic Street in Orange.

Firefighters exit a two-story, gambrel-style home that was the scene of a fire Wednesday morning on Mechanic Street in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Firefighters outside a two-story, gambrel-style home that was the scene of a fire Wednesday morning on Mechanic Street in Orange.

Firefighters outside a two-story, gambrel-style home that was the scene of a fire Wednesday morning on Mechanic Street in Orange. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

By DOMENIC POLI and PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writers

Published: 01-10-2024 5:17 PM

Modified: 01-10-2024 7:26 PM


ORANGE — Four people were displaced Wednesday morning when a fire damaged a single-family house at 86 Mechanic St.

The Salvation Army Athol Corps is reportedly assisting Donna and Kevin Sweeney and their sons, Sean and Nicholas, following the blaze that was called in at 9:52 a.m. after starting in a second-floor bedroom.

Orange Fire Chief James Young said Wednesday afternoon that there was not a determined cause of the fire yet, though he said it was accidental in nature. Young said the fire is being investigated by his department as well as the state Department of Fire Services.

“[Firefighters] did a great job, a very quick knockdown of the fire that originated in a room on the second floor,” Young said at the scene.

Nicholas Sweeney was home alone, asleep on the couch when he awoke to smoke and flames. He said he called 911 and exited the home with his black Labrador retriever. His 11-year-old daughter was in school at the time. The family cat, meanwhile, was not accounted for at the time of the fire.

Sean Sweeney, like his parents, was at work when the fire started. He arrived after the fire was brought under control.

Firefighters responded from Orange, Athol, New Salem and Phillipston, among other area towns. Young said one of his firefighters suffered a minor hand laceration, was treated at a hospital and released.

Article continues after...

Yesterday's Most Read Articles

Charlemont planners approve special permit for Hinata Mountainside Resort
$338K fraud drains town coffers in Orange
Greenfield residents allege sound and odor issues from candle, cannabis businesses
Fire at Rainbow Motel in Whately leaves 17 without a home
Hotfire Bar and Grill to open Memorial Day weekend in Shelburne Falls
Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali sets school record in high jump as Franklin County contingent racks up titles at Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships (PHOTOS)