MAYNARD, Mass. — Testing is being done on all gas services in a Massachusetts town following a fatal house fire inside a home that initially complained of a gas-like smell coming from the residence.
The Maynard Fire Department told residents that beginning Friday evening, and continuing through next week, Eversource gas will be conducting testing of all gas services in the Middlesex County town.
“This work will continue next week,” the fire department said in the notice posted on Facebook. “If you see Eversource in your neighborhood, there is no cause for alarm. This testing will continue into next week. They will not need to enter any homes unless they find a problem.”
A person was found dead inside of a Park Street home in Maynard Thursday afternoon following a fire.
At approximately 4:10 p.m., the Maynard Communications Center received a call about a gas-like smell coming from a home at 27 Park St.
Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming from the front and side windows of the house. Fire crews entered the building and found a deceased male victim inside.
Firefighters said the blaze spread quickly and the home sustained significant damage. It took approximately two hours for the fire to be fully extinguished, according to first responders.
Two Maynard police officers and a firefighter were transported by ambulance to an area hospital with injuries believed to not be life-threatening.
The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Maynard Fire Department and state police assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.