Worcester

Worcester Building Fire Displaces 33 Residents

No injuries were reported in the blaze, but nearly three dozen people are now without a place to live following the fire late Thursday

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An overnight fire at a mixed-use building in Worcester, Massachusetts, has displaced 33 residents, the city's fire department said.

Just before 11 p.m. Thursday, a fire broke out at the building on Pleasant Street, where it spread from the basement up to the third floor of the five-story building, officials said.

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No injuries were reported, but nearly three dozen residents are now homeless.

"The size of the building and the fact that the fire got into the void spaces and spread to four different floors, four different stories, makes it manpower intensive and makes it difficult to get ahead of once it’s in the void spaces," Worcester Deputy Fire Chief Adam Roche said.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, which houses a business and apartments, in about half an hour.

The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

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