Cambridge starts relief fund to aid victims of massive fire

Judith QuinnDec 05, 2016

Firefighters from across the Boston area were called to the scene of a massive, 10-alarm blaze that engulfed multiple structures and forced a dozen people to evacuate their homes on a residential street Saturday.

The fire began just around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon on Berkshire Street and quickly spread - prompting fire departments from several towns to respond.

A plume of smoke could be seen for miles. The wind started blowing the flames across the street and houses across the street caught on fire.

"We are very lucky that we didn't have serious, serious fatalities", Reardon said.

Phoenix police say the collision happened just after 7:30 a.m. and three vehicles were involved at the intersection of 43rd and Northern avenues.

"It's not just our home, it's our business", Joe Buswell said. "It's a lot of devastation".

About 140 firefighters from fire crews from 17 fire communities helped battle the blaze. Denise Simmons established the Mayor's Fire Relief Fund to help the families and people who have been displaced by the fire. In its first hour, people donated $18,706.

WBUR reported that at least one responder was being treated for smoke inhalation and a shelter has been opened at the War Memorial Recreation Centre in Cambridge for those displaced. "And we have to remember it's the holidays". "We have so many families that are going to be touched by the tragedy, so we want to be sure that we are being here to lift up, protect, and comfort those that have been touched by this devastation". There are now nearly 800 people without power in the area due to 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.

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