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4-Alarm Fire Destroys Varnum Road Home, Owner Escapes Unharmed

Jan 15, 2017 12:22AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

 A 76-year-old woman was able to escape injury, when her home was destroyed by a four-alarm fire, early Saturday morning.

According to Dracut Fire Department officials, the blaze broke out just after 4 a.m. in a residence at 2:15 Varnum Road.

The homeowner, identified as Elaine Buote, was awoken by smoke detectors, fled the home with one of her dogs. According to a report published by the Lowell Sun, a passerby noticed Buote standing in her driveway, called 911 and then went inside her home to rescue a second dog that was trapped inside.

The home, built in 1949, sustained heavy damage. According to the Lowell Sun report, it was built by Buote's father.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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