Bomb Squad Responds to Bellingham House Fire, Possible Hand Grenades Inside

The homeowner was taken to the hospital in unknown condition, officials tell NBC10 Boston

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A bomb squad was called to a house fire Sunday night in Bellingham, Massachusetts, because firefighters on scene were told there could possibly be hand grenades inside the basement.

Bellingham's fire chief confirmed to NBC10 Boston that the bomb squad responded to the Farm Street home and secured the scene.

Fire officials wouldn't comment any further Sunday night on the possibility of hand grenades inside the home, but they did say there is no danger to neighbors or anyone else in the area.

“I’m really not sure how they got there or why they’re there. I was just notified that they might be there,” Bellingham Fire Chief Steven Gentile said of the hand grenades.

According to fire officials, the homeowner was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with unknown injuries. There was no immediate update on the person's condition.

The owner of the house was the only person home at the time of the fire.

Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze, which fire officials believe started in the kitchen.

“The whole road was full of smoke and I saw fire pouring out the windows,” said Ryan Michaud, who witnessed the fire. “I feel really bad for what happened to [the homeowner].”

“If that happened to me, I’d feel pretty bad if like I lost everything, like that," Michaud added. "Just so fast, too. Matter of minutes.”

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire. Members of the state fire marshal's office were investigating late Sunday night inside the home, which suffered heavy damage from the blaze.

The fire, including its cause, remains under investigation, and an update is anticipated Monday regarding the hand grenades.

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