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Highlands fire leaves 8 homeless

Two Lynn firefighters suffered minor injuries fighting a morning blaze in 15 Dorinda Circle, home to two families.

Firefighters fought a two-alarm fire on Dorinda CIrcle atop the Highlands Friday morning.

An 89-year-old woman, her daughter and granddaughter safely fled their two-family home after fire broke out in 15 Dorinda Circle shortly before 9 a.m. Friday.

The two-alarm fire brought firefighters from Lynn and Swampscott to the steep dead-end street where Fire Chief Stephen Archer said fire crews initially heard a report that people were trapped in the home.

“They all self-evacuated and were OK. Our guys did a fantastic job,” he said.

Archer said a firefighter was hospitalized briefly for exhaustion and rehydration and another firefighter suffered cuts.

Chrystell Exavier said she was asleep in the second-floor apartment when she heard the doorbell ringing. Her mother, Marie, answered the door and ran into Chrystell’s room shouting, “Fire, fire.” Archer said firefighters found heavy fire showing in the building when first crews arrived at 8:48 a.m.

American Red Cross workers arrived on the scene by 10 a.m. Five people live on the first floor and neighbors said they are working with the Red Cross to find housing for the families.

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