Wakefield Fire Department Extinguishes Three-Alarm Fire At High Rise Apartment Complex Sunday

Wakefield, MA — Chief Michael Sullivan reports that the Wakefield Fire Department extinguished a three-alarm fire in town earlier today.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., Wakefield Fire responded to the Colonial Point Apartments, a 178-unit building at 95 Audubon Road. Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from a unit on the third floor of the building.

Command Post at 3rd alarm high-rise 12 story apartment building fire at 95 Audubon Road, Wakefield. Fire contained to one apartment but extensive salvage and overhaul. Photo by @PeterAloisi4h

A second alarm and later a third alarm were struck for additional manpower.

Firefighters worked quickly to knock down the fire with the assistance of several area departments.

The fire was fully extinguished by 1 p.m.

Departments from Lynnfield, Reading, Stoneham, Melrose, North Reading, Woburn, and Saugus assisted on the scene. Malden and Middleton provided station coverage.

Photo by North Shore Incidents @Northshore_911

An initial investigation indicates the fire originated in the kitchen of the unit. Extensive water damage was sustained to several units below and adjacent to the unit where the fire originated. The sprinkler system in the unit activated and helped slow the fire prior to firefighters arriving on scene.

Multiple units will be displaced as a result of the fire. The Red Cross has been contacted and will work with those impacted.

As of 2:30 p.m., all floors of the building have been checked for the presence of carbon monoxide and have been deemed safe. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

“We want to thank all of the neighboring departments for their assistance in helping extinguish this fire earlier today,” Chief Sullivan said.

The fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s office and local fire investigators.

Photo by Jay Kenney @JayWHDH

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