SOMERSET — Two Somerset residents have been displaced after a house fire destroyed their Gertrude Street home last night.

Somerset Fire Chief Jamison Barros said no injuries were reported in the fire, which likely started with a Christmas tree in the house.

Firefighters were called out to a structure fire at 6:44 p.m. Thursday, arriving to find the house already fully ablaze and the windows blown out, according to Barros.

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The crews battled the blaze from outside the home, bringing it under control before going inside to search for and extinguish remaining hot spots.

But officials said in a statement that the house is likely a total loss.

One resident was inside the building when it caught fire, and was taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation.

Dighton's Fire Department assisted on the scene, and Swansea Fire Department helped with station coverage during the incident.
All units were cleared by 10:18 p.m. Thursday.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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