Two families in Lynn, Massachusetts, have been displaced after a fire tore through their multi-family home early Thursday morning.
Four adults and nine children are safe but without a home after the were forced to evacuate from their Warren Street residence around 4 a.m., Lynn Fire Chief Stephen Archer said.
The Lynn Fire Department says it received a 911 call at 3:50 a.m. for a fire at 93 Warren Street. The department received a second phone call at the same time from Lynn police officers who reported they were already on scene and heavy fire was showing.
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The district chief called for a second alarm immediately as a precaution, and firefighters from Lynn and Saugus spent the morning battling the 2-alarm blaze.
The first crews to respond found heavy fire in the basement, but it traveled all the way up into the attic, Archer said.
The fire, which did start in the basement of the 2-family home, presented challenges to fire crews. Chief Archer said the construction of the building itself made it difficult because there are a lot of void spaces and areas for the fire to hide.
They spent a good portion of the morning chasing the fire around before eventually getting it knocked down. Crews were still on scene around 7 a.m. cleaning up.
The fire department says wo adults and six children lived on one floor, while two adults and three children lived on another floor in the home that was heavily damaged in the fire.
Thirteen people and one dog have been displaced, and the Red Cross is assisting them with temporary shelter.
No injuries have been reported.