Fire officials say that oil soaked rags from woodworking stain were the cause of a house fire in Plymouth, Massachusetts, early Saturday morning.
The Plymouth Fire Department says painters were conducting woodwork in the home and disposed the oily rags inside a trash bag and the rags spontaneously combusted causing the fire.
The call came in at 2:41 a.m. on Nautical Way. Multiple 911 calls were received on smoke coming from the residence.
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Crews entered through the garage and found heavy fire in the basement of the home. The fire began on the first floor and burned a hole in the floor into the basement.
No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no reported injuries. The blaze resulted in $250,000 worth of damages.
Plymouth Fire added their crews used an advanced thermal camera built into their air masks to help identify a dangerous hazard.
"Our firefighters performed their duties with the utmost professionalism and skill early Saturday morning," Chief Edward Bradley said in a statement. "This was an aggressive fire, with extremely hot conditions and thick black smoke that made fighting the fire and searching for victims extremely difficult. This fire should also serve as a reminder to our community that materials used in woodworking and wood staining must be handled and disposed of in the proper manner."
The fire was knocked down around 3:30 a.m.