35 people homeless, including 10 children, after 3-alarm fire - Metro US

35 people homeless, including 10 children, after 3-alarm fire


Nearly three dozen people were left homeless after a three-alarm fire ripped through three triple-decker home in Somerville Thursday night, a Red Cross official reportedly confirmed Saturday.

The fire on Rush Street displaces 35 people from 11 families, spokesperson Jeff Hall told the Boston Herald. Ten were reportedly children under the age of 18.

“We will track them for several weeks, make sure they are finding a new place to live,” Hall told the Herald. “We will also work with area landlords to help these people in finding a new home.”

“We just got a couple [things], whatever’s left,” one victim told the Boston Globe. “Other than that, we couldn’t get much. Everything is wet and dirty. … It’s overwhelming, but hopefully it gets better.”

The fire began around 9 p.m., Somerville Fire Chief Patrick Sullivan told WHDH, adding he believed the fire began in the center unit.

At one point, the fire became so fierce firefighters were called out from the building, he told the network.

Fire officials said they are still determining what caused the fire, which they believe is not suspicious in origin.

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