Miraculously, there were no fatalities or serious injuries reported as a result of a 10-alarm fire that quickly ripped through a series of residential buildings in Cambridge, Mass on Saturday afternoon. The fire broke out just before 3:00 p.m. as 20-30 mph winds gusted throughout the region. The fast-moving inferno, which engulfed 15 buildings, went to 9-alarms within 30-minutes.
Approximately 150 first responders from nearly 20 Boston-area communities battled the fire that started in a building under construction in a residential area near Kendall Square. The fire swept through the densely populated neighborhood, ultimately displacing between 60-90 residents. Witnesses say the scene was like a "ball of fire" and conjured up images of "a war zone."
Most of the buildings consumed were three-family residences. An old church converted to apartments also went up in flames, as well as six cars parked along the area's notoriously narrow streets. One building crumbled during the fire, others partially fell, and today fire officials announced that more collapses are imminent, based on initial investigations.
Saturday's fire was the biggest blaze to occur in Cambridge since the 1980s. Six residents reported minor injuries; and fire officials and local residents were quick to point out that the mid-afternoon timing made the difference between life and death.