■ HOUSE DESTROYED Several people were displaced after a fire tore through two homes in Hull on Wednesday night, fire officials said. Hull Deputy Fire Chief Bill Frazier said crews were called to 1131 Nantasket Ave. at approximately 8:54 p.m., and the fire spread to a second building next door. “All residents had evacuated prior to our arrival,” he said. Firefighters had the flames under control by 11:41 p.m., he said. The home at 1131 Nantasket Ave. was a total loss and the home at 1133 Nantasket Ave. sustained extensive damage and might be a total loss, he said. The damage was estimated to be in excess of $1 million, he said. The fire department is aware of four residents who were displaced, but there could be more, according to Frazier. The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.
■ BUS CRASH Three students were taken to the hospital after a school bus crash Thursday morning in Norfolk, officials said. The crash happened at around 7:10 a.m. between Main and Clark streets, just outside of Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk, according to a dispatcher at Norfolk police. The school bus was carrying 17 children to Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin. The three children injured suffered non-serious injuries and were taken to Norwood Hospital, according to a statement from the school.
■ HOUSE FIRE Lynn firefighters battled their second house fire in two days after a two-alarm fire displaced four adults and two children early Thursday morning, officials said. No injuries were reported, but all six residents are permanently displaced. The fire broke out at 13 Henry Ave., a 2½ story, wood-framed, two-family home dating back over 100 years. Heavy fire was spotted throughout the top floor around 2:51 a.m., a fire official said. Lynn Fire Captain Joseph Zukas said he expects the house is a total loss after the fire “almost burnt the roof right off.” The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Zukas said there were reports an extension cord was involved.
■ ANIMAL CRUELTY A Dover, N.H., man allegedly “heaved” a helpless dog into a dumpster at a Wareham trailer park Sunday because he was tired and the small pooch “would not stop bothering him,” the town’s Department of Natural Resources said. The troubling incident occurred at the Lakeside Trailer Park at 3030 Cranberry Highway, according to a department statement. The Dover man, James M. Balboni, 28, was staying at someone else’s trailer when he decided to put the dog out with the trash, according to the statement. Responding spoke with the dog’s distressed owner. An officer “approached the visibly upset male subject and established that the individual was the dog’s owner,” the statement said. “The dog’s owner advised [the officer] that an individual by the name of ‘James’ who was staying at his house had thrown his dog into the dumpster.” By that point, officials said, the owner had retrieved his small black and white dog from the trash, and another witness corroborated his account. Balboni is charged with cruelty to animals, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000 for a first offense, records show. “The dog did not sustain any injuries from the incident and is in the possession of its owner,” the natural resources department said.