Car Crash Causes Fire In Fall River Apartment Building, 1 Dead

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WBZ-AM) — A woman is dead after crashing her car into a Fall River apartment complex. The crash caused a six-alarm fire in the building. 

The Four Winds Apartments building on North Main Street caught on fire around 9:45 a.m. after a car crashed into it, causing significant damage to the three-story building. Two women were inside the car. 

During the crash, the car hit the building's utility room, clipping the gas main, according to Fall River Fire Chief John D. Lynch. Natural gas fueled the fire throughout the building. 

"It must have been a high rate of speed they traveled into that because they ruptured the gas lines," Lynch said. "So, it made it pretty tough to fight the fire. And obviously, it spread the fire quite quickly." 

Approximately 50 units were destroyed or damaged, leaving residents living in those units displaced. The building is in danger of collapsing. 

No civilians were killed during the incident. Four firefighters are being treated with injuries. Multiple mutual aid response teams assisted at the scene, including responders from Rhode Island. 

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports 

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