Wellesley Police and Firefighters responded to a house fire on Friday, August 16, 2013 just prior to 1:00 PM. The incident began when Wellesley Police dispatchers Kelly Dias and Matt Hammer received close to ten 911 calls within a two minute period reporting the fire on Durant Road. Wellesley Police officers arriving on the scene found a heavy fire condition in a two story dwelling on the corner of Durant and Claflin Road. Officers Hughes, Carrasquillo, and Brooks made contact with the home owner to ensure everyone was out safely. Wellesley Police officers then assisted the Wellesley Fire Department as they fought the fire.
Three alarms would eventually be transmitted for the fire, which completely destroyed the house and brought help from surrounding fire departments. During the height of the blaze, which covered the area neighborhoods in smoke, a mile long section of Weston Road had to be closed and detoured due to hose lines going across the street.
Chief Cunningham and Deputy Chief Pilecki coordinated the emergency road closure, which stretched from Route 9 to the Weston town line at Manor Avenue. Residents who subscribe to the community notification service from Wellesley Police were immediately notified of both the road closure and when the road re-opened.
Twelve Wellesley Police Officers were involved in the closure during the afternoon. Mutual aid from the Weston, Needham, and Natick police departments responded to Wellesley to assist with both traffic and emergency calls during the fire.
Wellesley firefighters brought the fire under control within an hour of arriving. There were no reported injuries during the incident, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.