Huge fire rages in Mas­sachusetts

The Denver Post - - NEWS -

bos­ton» Fire­fight­ers were strug­gling to put down a large fire that jumped from one build­ing to another across a densely pop­u­lated neigh­bor­hood in Cam­bridge, Mass., on Satur­day.

A large plume of smoke was vis­i­ble for miles as heavy flames en­gulfed mul­ti­fam­ily res­i­den­tial build­ings, in­clud­ing a for­mer church that had been con­verted to con­dos, and sev­eral au­to­mo­biles.

Cam­bridge po­lice spokesman Jeremy War­nick said seven build­ings were on fire.

He said some in­juries were re­ported but none of them seemed se­ri­ous.

Au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day evening that two po­lice of­fi­cers and one fire­fighter were hurt but that no res­i­dents had been in­jured.

Fire crews were called in from sur­round­ing cities and towns to help af­ter the first calls came about 2 p.m. Satur­day. They were still fight­ing the blaze long af­ter the sun went down.

Some wit­nesses said the fire started at a res­i­den­tial build­ing un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tions.

Au­thor­i­ties said power has been shut off in the neigh­bor­hood and could re­main out for most of the night.

The city turned a recre­ation youth cen­ter into a shel­ter for dis­placed fam­i­lies.

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