Estimated 60 families displaced by Cambridge fire


One building collapsed Saturday night in a huge fire that spread to several buildings in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge Assistant Fire Chief Gerard Mahoney said it's "nothing short of a miracle" no one was killed. There are now nearly 800 people without power in the area due to the fire.

At around 6 p.m., over 100 firefighters from 17 companies were trying to put out the fire, CBS Boston reported.

Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick says at least seven buildings are on fire. The building later collapsed, WCVB reported.

A ten-alarm fire broke out on Berkshire Street in Cambridge near Kendall square just before 3 p.m this Saturday. "It was windy, that's what carried the fire across the street".

Power was shut off in the neighborhood due to overhead wires and the fire marshal is anticipating it will remain out for most of the night.

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Fire officials say the close proximity of the buildings, which appear to be mostly residential, also played a role in the fire's quick destruction. "We are very fortunate here that we're not looking at a serious series of fatalities".

"Within a minute, the house was engulfed in flames", Rodrigo Garcia said. "My family has lived here for nearly 100 years".

"It's not just our home, it's our business", Joe Buswell said. Dozens of people have been evacuated and alternative shelter has been made available.

Alpert Neal, chief of staff to Cambridge Mayor E. Denise Simmons, said in an email that the Red Cross and local officials were meeting affected families to assess their short- and long-term needs.

Officials are working to determine the cause of the fire.