Fire Breaks Out at Triple-Decker in Somerville, Displacing 10

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A fire broke out Thursday morning at a triple-decker home in Somerville, Massachusetts.

By 7 a.m., firefighters had been able to knock down the heavy fire at the home on Central Street.



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Everyone made it out of the building unharmed.

Asleep on the first floor, Bill Restivo was thankful his girlfriend and other tenants heard alarms and smelled smoke.

"I figured it was like a next-door neighbor something like a few seconds after that we got up and there was a fireman at the door everybody just brought some sweatpants and get out," Restivo said.

Around the same time, Somerville firefighters were arriving to intense flames on the third flood.

'Fire was already starting to spread to single-family house in the back and a three family to the left," Fire Chief Charles Breen said.

Those homes do have a little damage but Restivo's was in bad shape - the first two floors have significant water damage.

"It's kind of jarring when you walk in the house. It’s flooded, black soot and water all over the house," Lucas Restivo, who lives on the first floor, said.

Lucas wasn't home when the fire broke out.

"I woke up to about 20 missed calls from my roommate saying you gotta get home our house is on fire," he said.

While some of his roommates grabbed some of his things, he said all he needs is them and his green jacket. 

"The world gives and takes..takes our apartment maybe that gives us a Celtics victory that would be alright for me," he joked.

The fire appeared to be concentrated on the upper floor of the home, with photos showing flames in the top corner and heavy damage to a porch. Ten people were displaced as a result of the fire.

The Cambridge Fire Department said online that it was providing Somerville with mutual aid.

The cause remains under investigation.

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