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Person taken to hospital after blaze sparks at Brookline home

BROOKLINE – The cause of a fast-moving fire that destroyed a large Colonial home at 30 Laurel Crest Drive on Tuesday evening is yet to be determined, but officials indicated it may have started in the basement.

Details were scant late Tuesday night, as police and fire officials remained at the scene investigating the blaze and its cause. ...

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BROOKLINE – The cause of a fast-moving fire that destroyed a large Colonial home at 30 Laurel Crest Drive on Tuesday evening is yet to be determined, but officials indicated it may have started in the basement.

Details were scant late Tuesday night, as police and fire officials remained at the scene investigating the blaze and its cause.

One individual was taken to a local hospital by the Brookline ambulance, who WMUR-TV reported was a man who was in the basement when the fire broke out.

A second person who was reportedly on the first floor of the home when the fire broke out escaped safely, according to WMUR.

A dispatcher at Brookline communications center said no information was immediately available, adding that all department officials were still at the scene.

First-arriving crews around 7 p.m. reported the house fully involved with fire, triggering a series of additional calls for pumper and tanker trucks from Hollis, Milford, Amherst, Mason, Mont Vernon and Townsend, Mass.

Other mutual aid trucks manned the Brookline station and provided backup ambulance service during most of the evening.

In all, four alarms were struck.

Smoke billowed from the house for some time, and only a blackened frame remained as darkness fell. Neighbors congregated on lawns and in the street, which was closed to traffic for the duration.

– DEAN SHALHOUP