Several people were displaced from a multi-unit residence on Warren Street in Lynn by an early morning fire.
Fire Chief Stephen Archer said a call shortly before 2 a.m. sent firefighters to 93 Warren St., a two-family house. District Chief Timothy Collier quickly struck a second alarm and Archer said fire crews arriving on scene found heavy fire in the basement spreading throughout the building.
Archer said residents self evacuated safely and no firefighters were hurt. One of the families living in the home included two adults and six children and the other family included two adults and three children. The American Red Cross is assisting the residents.
Archer said the fire was declared extinguished by 8:44 a.m. and he said the building is a total loss.
“It was a very very difficult fire to fight. The building had an unusual layout with unobstructed spaces in the walls where fire could easily travel. The crews had their hands full,” he said.
Archer did not declare the fire’s cause and said the Fire Department investigation unit aided by the state Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the fire origin. He said all Lynn companies responded to the West Lynn fire with assistance from Revere, Saugus, Melrose, Boston and Peabody crews.
This week has been a bad one for fires with a person killed and two hurt in a Revere fire and other fires in East Lynn fire and Peabody where authorities said a man set fire to a residence.
“We always stress the most importance of having a fire safety plan and being prepared to evacuate,” Archer said.
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