UPDATE: Fire rips through New England neighborhood, destroying 3 homes, damaging 8
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — A massive fire has destroyed 3 homes, damaged 8 and displaced 50 people in Massachusetts Sunday afternoon.
The Lawrence Fire Chief says firefighters responded to the fire Sunday afternoon. Three homes were engulfed by the time firefighters arrived.
"First arriving units had three buildings heavily involved in fire," said chief Brian Moriarty. "It's a very tight neighborhood," he said, with "all balloon-frame triple-deckers." Early determination placed three buildings at a total loss.
Three firefighters were taken to the hospital, two for heat exhaustion and the other for a shoulder injury. No other injuries have been reported.
Eighteen fire departments provided mutual aid to Lawrence to help with the fire. "Heat is a problem and we needed a lot of water," said Moriarty.
The three destroyed buildings are 127-129 Bennington Street, according to the Eagle Tribune newspaper of Lawrence. An area school had been opened as a shelter for people who lost their homes in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.