Rooftop Fire Damages Apartment Building in Lowell, Displaces Several People

No one was hurt in the Broadway Street fire

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A fire damaged the roof of a Lowell, Massachusetts, building on Tuesday, officials said.

No one was hurt in the fire that broke out around 3 p.m. on the roof of an apartment building on Broadway Street, but workers who were on the roof were helped down, according to the Lowell Fire Department.

Deputy Chief Jeff Gikas believes the workers were being a bit careless.

"They were trying to put the fire out as well. At that point it was time for them to and the firefighters did their job and put the fire out," Gikas said.

Damage inside the three-story building was mainly due to the water used to fight the fire, and seemed to be contained to two apartments, officials said. About a dozen people were displaced.

"I didn't hear anything until I heard the bang on the door saying, 'Get out! FIRE!' And then I just grabbed my cat and ran down the stairs," said Patrice Allen, who was evacuated from her apartment building.

"A lot of good neighbors came through, like these guys over here, they came through, kicking doors, knocked on doors, knocked on the police department doors, you know? It was very good man. Everybody did their job," said Josh Beck.

Neighbors springing into action could be one of the main reasons no one was hurt.

Fire officials continue to investigate what caused the blaze.

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