The fire on the North Shore spreads to nearly half a dozen houses, buildings


Several buildings are damaged following a major fire that broke out on Monday afternoon in Salem, Massachusetts. The three-alarm fire started just before 4 p.m. along Hancock Street between Canal and Lafayette streets. Sky 5 video showed flames spreading from a three-story house to other nearby structures. As many as six homes were engulfed in flames just before 7 p.m. Monday. One person told WCVB that he was taking a nap while doing laundry, then woke up coughing. “I looked out the back door and saw smoke,” said a man who escaped the fire with his dog. “I grabbed my dog ​​and we went. Scooby Doo made it.” First responders and neighbors were going door to door to evacuate neighborhood residents. “I just heard everyone yelling, ‘Get out! Get out! and knocking on the house. “There’s a fire!” Tyler Carlton said. “I think the most important thing is that the neighbors noticed it quickly.” Black smoke billowed from one of the three-story houses and the smoke and flames had spread to several nearby buildings. At one point, a total of five houses were burning. “I just feel lousy. I mean, I’ve had this house for almost 50 years,” said owner Margie Mullen, who caught her dogs and escaped the fire. Strong, gusty winds were causing additional problems for firefighters working to put out the blaze. reported by Salem Fire Department. Salem Police Chief Lucas Miller said. The fire ultimately destroyed two homes in the neighborhood and damaged several others. The Salvation Army was on the scene to help residents who had been displaced by The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Several buildings are damaged following a major fire that broke out on Monday afternoon in Salem, Massachusetts.

The three-alarm fire started just before 4 p.m. along Hancock Street between Canal and Lafayette streets.

Sky 5 video showed flames spreading from a three-story house to other nearby structures. As many as six homes were engulfed in flames just before 7 p.m. Monday.

One person told WCVB that he was taking a nap while doing laundry, then woke up coughing.

“I looked out the back door and saw smoke,” said a man who escaped the fire with his dog. “I grabbed my dog ​​and we went. Scooby Doo made it.”

First responders and neighbors were going door to door to evacuate neighborhood residents.

“I just heard everyone yelling, ‘Get out! Get out! and knocking on the house. “There’s a fire!” Tyler Carlton said. “I think the most important thing is that the neighbors noticed it quickly.”

Black smoke billowed from one of the three-story houses and the smoke and flames had spread to several nearby buildings. At one point, a total of five houses were burning.

“I just feel lousy. I mean, I’ve had this house for almost 50 years,” said owner Margie Mullen, who caught her dogs and escaped the fire.

Strong, gusty winds were causing additional problems for firefighters trying to put out the blaze.

“The wind was a problem, but the other problem we had was that all the buildings were on top of each other,” said Salem Fire Department Lt. Peter Schaeublin.

No injuries were reported by Salem firefighters.

“The whole block could go up, more than one block could go up, and these old wooden buildings are so vulnerable that way. So I’m going to consider ourselves very lucky today, despite the damage,” said the chief of Salem police. Lucas Miller.

The fire ultimately destroyed two homes in the neighborhood and damaged several others. The Salvation Army was on the scene to help residents who had been displaced by the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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