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Officials rule South Boston blaze accidental

Fire heavily damaged a Leigh Street residence in South Boston Saturday morning, according to a South Boston Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters were called at 10:42 a.m. Saturday to 213 Leigh Street for a house fire. When they arrived they found the front bedroom of the single-story wooden house engulfed in flames, the spokesman said.

Joseph Traynham was at home at the time of the fire, and EMS personnel transported him to Halifax Regional Hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries, fire officials said.

South Boston Fire Department responded with two pumpers, a support truck and 18 firefighters, the spokesman said. Halifax Volunteer Fire Department assisted with one truck and four firefighters.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 1:50 p.m., officials said.

The residence was valued at approximately $65,000 and was declared a total loss.

Following an investigation into the probable cause of the fire, South Boston Police Investigator C. L. Carswell said Tuesday the cause was accidental.