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An early morning fire in Wakefield Thursday destroyed a home at the corner of Province Lake and Ballards Ridge roads. (LARISSA MULKERN)

Fire guts vacant house in Wakefield, causes outage


WAKEFIELD - An early morning fire at a vacant house on the corner of Province Lake Road and Ballards Ridge Road ripped through the building and caused damage to nearby power and cable lines.
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Wakefield Fire and Rescue Department Captain Sam Morrill said the fire was first reported at 3:26 a.m. Thursday.
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No injuries were reported, but the fire was intense enough to melt the arrays of power and cable lines on the corner.
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Morrill, who had just returned to the fire station shortly before 11:30 a.m., said the damaged lines may have caused a temporary power outage and downed services for Time Warner Cable.
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"We just got the phone back," said Morrill this morning.
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