At 9:46 Charlton Firefighters were called to a house on Richardsons Corner Road for reports of a house fire.

Charlton Firefighters were attending the funeral for fire department chaplain Rev. James Chase when the call came in. A Sturbridge ambulance covering the town arrived first. There was smoke and fire showing on arrival.

Fire was found in the wall adjacent to an outside chimney and quickly extinguished.

A 3rd alarm was transmitted due to cold weather.

Numerous surrounding towns responded for mutual aid.

Crews cleared the scene by 12:44