A malfunctioning water heater in the basement of a Rockland home started a fire that damaged the first floor and attic, fire officials said.
At 4:37 p.m. Tuesday, the Rockland Fire Department received a report of a fire at 256 Pond St., Lt. Donald Hussey said.
Sparked by the water heater, the fire began in the basement and spread up the flue pipe to the first floor and attic.
Firefighters, who arrived to find heavy smoke, were able to put out the fire by 5:30 p.m.
Hussey said the homeowners got out of the house safely. Nobody was hurt.
Personnel and equipment from the Norwell and Hingham fire departments assisted at the scene; the Abington department provided coverage at Rockland’s station.
Hussey did not have a monetary estimate of the damage, but he said the house was salvageable.
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