One child found dead, several injured in Middleboro fire

Feb 24, 2024

MIDDLEBORO — A fire on Pearl Street in Middleboro led to the death of one girl and injuries to three others Saturday morning, Feb. 24, according to Middleborough Fire Chief Owen Thompson and Police Chief Joseph Perkins. 

Police and fire were called to 27 Pearl Street at approximately 2 a.m. after receiving reports of a structure fire with people trapped inside, according to Thompson and Perkins.

Heavy fire coming from both the first and second floors of the home prevented first responders from accessing the missing child who was reportedly still inside.

Teams continued their efforts to put out the fire and prevent extension to nearby buildings. Once the fire was knocked down, the girl was found dead inside the home, the first responders said.

An adult female was transported by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital with burn injuries that appeared to be serious, while an adult male and another female child were both transported by ambulance to local hospitals with less severe injuries, according to Thompson and Perkins. 

Middleboro first responders were additionally aided by firefighters from Raynham, Bridgewater and Lakeville while those from Carver covered Middleboro stations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Middleboro Fire Department, the Middleboro Police Department, the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit attached to the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office.