Winchendon home burns hours after family moves in


WINCHENDON, MASS. >> A Massachusetts family has been burned out of its new home just hours after moving in.

Anthony Rodriguez, his wife Nicole, and three of their five children were spending the first night in their Winchendon home when they were awoken at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday by the sound of fire alarms and the smell of smoke. A neighbor called 911.

Everyone escaped safely, but the home sustained heavy damage.

Nicole Rodriguez says they closed on the home Tuesday and moved in Saturday, but she's just glad everyone got out alive.

Fire Chief Thomas Smith said the cause of the fire is unclear, although it does not appear to be suspicious. It remains under investigation.

Firefighters from Gardner, Ashburnham, Templeton and Royalston assisted Winchendon crews.


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