A 57-year-old Cambridge man was killed early this morning when an intense fire tore through his condo.

 

Thomas Hunt was the only occupant of the third-floor condo at 294 Columbia St., said Gerard Mahoney, assistant fire chief.

 

The two-alarm blaze broke out at the three-story home at about 12:30 a.m. When fire crews arrived they found heavy fire coming out of the third-floor windows.

 

Firefighters made an "aggressive attack" and immediately started pouring water on the flames from the outside of the building because of the intensity of the fire and because of the close proximity of the neighboring buildings.

 

"We did notice that the building to the right had vinyl siding and there was some melting, so that speaks to the intensity of the fire," said Mahoney.

 

The occupants of the first and second floors were able to get out of the home. They notified fire crews that Hunt was not accounted for and fire crews tried to get to him as soon as possible, but it was too late.

Mahoney said Hunt was found in the area that showed the heaviest concentration of fire.

The building was heavily damaged, but it was not a total loss.

Fire officials are investigating what caused the blaze.