Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire
- Author: Aubrey Nash Dec 05, 2016,
Dec 05, 2016, 1:38
At least eight buildings in Cambridge, Massachusetts, were damaged by a 10-alarm fire, officials said Saturday.
"This looked like a ball of fire across the street", said Cambridge Fire Chief Gerald Reardon.
City officials confirmed that 10 alarms had been struck and that many buildings, as well as cars, were on fire.
When fire crews arrived on scene a truck was rolled over and several people had to be extricated.
Although the cause of the fire is still unclear, witnesses say they heard an explosion from a home under construction in the area. Firefighters said there is concern that a number of those buildings could also collapse.
Power in the area has been shut down due to fears it could reach overhead wires and is expected to be out for most of the night. "It was windy, that's what carried the fire across the street". "We are very fortunate here that we're not looking at a serious series of fatalities".
Inspectional Services marked several buildings as unsafe after the massive blaze
One of the buildings gutted by fire in Cambridge Saturday.
"Within a minute, the house was engulfed in flames", Rodrigo Garcia said.
Returning to the area Sunday, Dana Fuller told Stevens he was still in shock. "My family has lived here for nearly 100 years". Sal DiDomenico has said 120 are without a home.
Firefighters have been called in from Newton, Waltham, Wakefield, and multiple other towns. Denise Simmons established the Mayor's Fire Relief Fund to help the families and people who have been displaced by the fire.
Officials confirmed nine casualties and at least 25 missing after a huge fire broke out overnight in a live-work space run by an artist collective. Dozens of families were displaced and moved to a temporary shelter.