Fire destroys Somerville home, but authorities do not see link to string of arson fires in city

A two-and-a-half story house in Somerville caught fire Thursday night in a two-alarm blaze that gutted the building, leaving it uninhabitable, according to the Somerville Fire Department.

The fire, which broke out at 327 Dickinson St. at about 7:45 p.m., caused $250,000 in damage and left four occupants displaced, officials said.

Preliminary evidence suggests the Dickinson fire does not appear suspicious in nature, said Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan.

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Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher said the cause of the fire, which gutted the Dickinson Street house, remains under investigation.

Thursday’s fire marks the 17th fire since June 27, some of which were deemed suspicious, Kelleher said.

“Four of them were deemed incendiary fires, another four were accidental,” Kelleher said. “The remaining nine [including last night’s blaze] are considered undetermined and under investigation.”

Kelleher said the Dickinson Street fire was devastating to the homeowners.

“It’s a total loss,” Kelleher said of the residence.

Firefighters arrived on scene and fought the blaze for about three and a half hours, Kelleher said. Boston and Cambridge fire departments sent fire crews to help battle the blaze.

No injuries were reported, according to the Somerville fire department.