Fire Displaces More Than a Dozen Residents in Quincy

The home is believed to be a total loss, according to the Quincy Fire Department

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An early morning fire at a residence in Quincy, Massachusetts, has displaced more than a dozen people, fire officials said.

The Quincy Fire Department first responded to a blaze on Bigelow Street around 3 a.m. Sunday, where officials believe the fire started outside of the home on one of the upper floors in the rear.

In all, 14 people have been displaced, fire officials said. No injuries have been reported. Three residents had to be rescued by ladder trucks, according to the department.

One woman, who lives on the first floor of the building, told NBC10 Boston that she jumped out of a window in her unit to safety.

"When I opened the door I saw the neighbor running out and as soon as I opened the door all the smoke start billowing in the room," Amara Smith said. "One of the neighbors had to jump from that window the other ones had to be rescued by a ladder so it’s been a lot."

Officials spent about six hours extinguishing the flames, according to the fire department.

“I went to go open my door and it was like black, all smoke," said Nickole Deshais, a resident at the home. "So I closed the door and ran to the window and opened the window and I was like screaming for help and they put the ladder up there and I climbed out the window.”

The home is believed to be a total loss, according to the fire department.

"There’s decks built off the back of the building so it seems like it started on the rear of the building and worked its way inside," Quincy Fire Chief Joe Jackson said.

Drivers are being asked to avoid the area, as Bigelow Street was blocked off to traffic.

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