MA firefighters battle large Cambridge fire
- Author: Myrtle Hill Dec 05, 2016,
Dec 05, 2016, 1:37
"We're going to bring everyone together and come up with a strategy to help these people", said City Manager Louis DePasquale. "Just all these ashes and smoke and it just got to me and my daughter and we looked down at the house and saw 4 or 5 little explosions that happened".
Some of those impacted live in affordable housing.
"It's the spacing of the buildings and getting the ladders and apparatuses in this area of the city", Reardon said.
At the same time, the city has set up a GoFundMe page, with the ultimate goal of raising $200,000. People can donate to the fund at Cambridgema.gov/firefund.
Cambridge and surrounding fire departments battle a fire on and around Berkshire street in Cambridge on Saturday. At least 60 people were left homeless, Simmons said.
Support was also extended on social media by local residents, who offered shelter ranging from spare space in their own homes to nearby rental rooms. "It was windy, that's what carried the fire across the street".
Officials said Sunday up to 15 buildings were damaged, some catastrophically, including one that collapsed. All of the injured were treated by medics and released.
"If this fire was in the middle of the night, there's no doubt in my mind we would have had fatalities and serious injuries", he said.
Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons told reporters the fire had started in a building that was under construction. One of the buildings is a former church converted into condos.
Authorities said power has been shut off in the neighborhood and could remain out for most of the night.
"Within a minute, the house was engulfed in flames", Rodrigo Garcia said.
"We had nothing. We literally left the house in a T-shirt and trousers". "There were flames everywhere". 10-alarms. 4 buildings involved, 1 collapsed.
"It was like an explosion", he added.
The cause of the fire is still unclear.
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