Ten-alarm fire raging in Cambridge engulfs nine buildings

Zachary BarrettDec 05, 2016

Shortly before 9 p.m., Cambridge Fire officials reported that the fire was "contained but by no means out" and the investigation was well underway into its cause.

Firefighters battled a massive 10-alarm fire in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working late into the night on Saturday.

Officials said four structures are believed to have caught fire and one of those buildings has collapsed.

Miraculously, there were only five or six minor injuries reported.

State Fire Marshall spokeswoman Jennifer Mieth also directed displaced residents to go to the Frisoli Youth Center.

The first call for the fire went out at about 2 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters from nearly 20 communities helped battle the blaze.


Some witnesses said the fire started at a residential building undergoing renovations.

The flames were carried by the wind and spread quickly, residents told Boston's WBZ-TV.

Scores of people were displaced by the blaze, which damaged at least 11 buildings and spewed smoke that could be seen miles away. According to the fire chief, there was construction happening near that building. A crowd gathered as the fire destroyed cars and homes in between Kendall and Inman Square.

More than 100 residents were forced out of their homes last night, Reardon said, and more than 1,600 were left without power.

Firefighters have been called in from Newton, Waltham, Wakefield, and multiple other towns.

"My family's owned these houses for nearly 100 years, and what do you do in a situation like this?" he said.

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