NORTH ATTLEBORO — A resident of a Fisher Street apartment narrowly escaped a fire early this morning when he was awakened by smoke detectors and found his kitchen in flames.

“He barely made it out. It was because of the working smoke detectors. He actually singed his arm,” North Attleboro Fire Capt. Scott Meyer said.

The man, who was in his 50s, did not require medical attention, the fire official said.

The fire was reported around 1:25 a.m. and was contained to the kitchen of the man’s apartment on the first-floor of 58 Fisher St. However, there was also smoke damage to the second floor where a woman and her 11-year-old daughter live.

All are displaced because of the fire damage and are receiving housing and other assistance through the American Red Cross, Meyer said.

The fire to the two-unit dwelling, on the corner of Fisher and River streets, is believed to be accidental and resulted in about $15,000 damage. However, the exact cause of the blaze remains under investigation, Meyer said.

The timing of the fire and other factors posed several challenges for firefighters, Meyer said.

First, Meyer said, the fire occurred at the same time firefighters were busy with a medical call, leaving on-duty personnel stretched and requiring the help of firefighters from Attleboro, Plainville and North Cumberland to fight the blaze.

Secondly, firefighters initially concentrated their efforts on searching the second-floor apartment because of early reports that the woman and child were still in there. Firefighters learned later that they were not home at the time, Meyer said.

Lastly, firefighters were hampered by the contents inside the dwelling which restricted the ability to move around inside, Meyer said.

But despite those factors, the blaze was under control in about 30 minutes, he added.

Firefighters from Mansfield also responded to help local firefighters.

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