Woman dies in early morning fire

A woman died in a fierce two-alarm fire that consumed a Linwood Street home Thursday morning.

The state Department of Fire Services said that Susan Boerman, 45, was killed in the early morning blaze at 267 Linwood Street, a 2-story Cape-style home near the entrance to Ames Nowell State Park. Investigators say an “unspecified electrical event” in the living room sparked the fire that required assistance from seven local fire departments.

“On behalf of the Abington Fire Department, I want to express our condolences to the victim’s family and loved ones,” Abington Chief John Nuttall said in a statement released this afternoon.

Abington Fire Department received a call around 3:45 Thursday morning about the fire. When they arrived, the house was fully engulfed with heavy smoke and fire.

Deputy Chief Jack Glynn told Abington News that the “large volume of fire” challenged firefighters when they first arrived on the scene.

Fire departments of Brockton, East Bridgewater, Hanson, Holbrook, Rockland, Weymouth, and Whitman provided mutual aid. An ambulance crew from Norwell also responded. A male resident of the house, who has not been identified, was transported to a local hospital with injuries. Boerman, as well as a dog, did not survive.

Glynn said one Abington firefighter suffered a minor injury battling the fire, which took several hours to fully extinguish.

The building was a total loss, according to the state Division of Fire Services. The Abington Fire Department, the State Police Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office, and State Police detectives assigned to the Plymouth District Attorney’s office jointly investigated the fire’s cause and origin. It is not considered suspicious.

Nuttall said that electrical fires are the second leading cause of fatal fires in Massachusetts, and urged residents to follow basic safety tips.

“Avoid running electrical cords under rugs or anywhere they could be pinched by doors or furniture,” he said in the release. “Don’t use an item with a worn, cracked, or damaged cord. When charging devices like phones and laptops, place them on a hard and stable surface like a table rather than a couch or bed. Finally, remember that extension cords and power strips are intended for temporary use: call a licensed electrician if you need additional wall outlets.”

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