New Bedford firefighters were called to the scene of a fire at 17 Lindsey St. Thursday afternoon.

Fire Chief Michael Gomes tells WBSM News the fire began on a back deck of the two family home around 2 p.m.

However, he says crews reacted quickly and were able to get the fire under control in roughly 20 minutes.

"Engine 1 was able to get a line in pretty quickly and fight their way through the inside of the house and knock down the main body of fire in the rear," said Gomes "we had some extension in the walls and into the roof but we were able to get ahead of that."

The home sustained an estimated $40,000 in damage and has been currently deemed uninhabitable.

However, Gomes says the structure isn't a total loss.

"At this point, based on having to shut off the utilities and some other things, it probably won't be habitable in the short term," said Gomes "but in the long term they should be able to rehab the building and bring it back into effective use."

Although the incident remains under investigation, Gomes says it doesn't appear to be suspicious.

"The cause is apparent to be accidental at this point," said Gomes "we haven't finished the investigation but we believe it to be accidental."

No injuries were reported.