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House fire in Wellesley causes estimated $600K in damages

A house in Wellesley has been destroyed by fire. A suspected electrical issue with a vehicle parked in the garage of the home is believed to have started the fire.

Electrical issue with car suspected of starting the fire says fire chief

Damage estimates from a fire on Friday in Wellesley is between $600 and $700,000. No one was injured. (Submitted by Township of Wellesley fire)

A home in Wellesley has been gutted by fire with damage estimated between $600,000 and $700,000, officials say.

Fire crews were called to a home on Parkview Drive. Township of Wellesley fire Chief Paul Redmond said a passerby spotted smoke coming from the garage around 5:45 a.m. and notified two people in the home before calling 9-1-1.

There were no injuries in a fast moving fire. The occupants living in the house said the smoke alarms did not sound as the smoke had not filtered into the house.

"As the fire crews are showing up you could see flames are 20 to 30 feet in the air," Redmond said.  "About four or five minutes into our firefighting operation the roof collapsed."

The suspected cause of the fire is an electrical issue with a gas-powered car that was in the garage.

Excavators were at the scene Friday to level the house.