LAWRENCE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An overnight blaze that began around 9:30 p.m. Friday night has displaced dozens of people, fire officials say.
The Lawrence Fire Department said they responded to a multi-alarm fire at a residence on Crosby Street, and that when they arrived, the building had already been consumed by flames.
"We were playing catch-up right from the beginning," said Lawrence Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Loughlin.
According to the LFD, all residents made it out safely and no injuries were reported following the incident. Firefighters were joined by ladders based in Billerica, Lowell, North Reading, and many other Massachusetts.
Fire officials say that the 30 miles per hour winds Friday night created a challenge for firefighters as flames kicked over building to building. Two of the triple-deckers were completely destroyed, while three sustained substantial heat damage.
The American Red Cross says that they are assisting at least fifteen families that were affected by the seven-alarm fire.
WBZ's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports.