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Man picking up the pieces after shop burned in Wellesley fire

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The Wellesley fire torched everything in its path, including outbuildings and two homes.

Ken Lewis is looking at what’s left in his workshop. The fire got inside when his neighbor’s home burned to the ground.

“It was so hot that it melted the back of the shop,” he says. “The fire got inside and destroyed the back part of the shop.”

It’s difficult to look at the burn scars. Even though the building still stands, most everything inside is lost, melted or blown out by the flames. That afternoon, Lewis was working in his shop. When he first noticed the smell of smoke, he went outside and saw it was south of where he was. But within minutes, it raced toward him. He says it’s because of the wind.

“It was moving every direction. What can you do?” he says.

A frightening moment as he felt the heat of the flames. He’s getting ready to build a home on this piece of property. He’s made sure that there’s defensible space around it, but unfortunately there was damage. His piece of advice for people? “Get out and collect your thoughts” when those evacuations are issued, so you don't get hurt.

Lewis also wants to thank all the firefighters for their hard work in getting a line all the way around the fire.

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