18 displaced after fire destroys multi-family home in Massachusetts

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Fall River, MA, United States (4E) – Around 18 people affected by the blaze that engulfed a three-story tenement home in Fall River, Massachusetts Sunday afternoon are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

According to officials, the fire victims were able to get out safely except for one woman who was shortly transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation treatment.

Firefighters responding to a call to the multi-family home located on Rodman St. around 3:20 p.m. saw smoke coming from the windows.

Authorities said firefighters set up a ladder to help bring to safety a frightened woman with a child who refused to climb down father on a third-floor fire escape at the rear of the building.

Fire department officials said water supply has been delayed because two hydrants nearest the burning home were not functioning.

Acquiring the water supply was delayed but the firefighters’ operation was not delayed because there are 500 gallons on the apparatus, explained District Fire Chief Ambrose Smith.

He added, “It just took us a little while to get a supply started.”

Smith revealed the cause of the fire was still unknown but a fire investigator is on his way to examine the incident.

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