NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Crews remain on the scene of a fire that tore through part of a multi-family home in New Bedford.
According to District Fire Chief Joe Gioiosa, firefighters responded to 91 Hathaway Street just after 3 p.m. Monday to find flames shooting from second-story window up to the third floor.
Gioiosa said crews had the fire knocked down from the outside and the inside within about 40 minutes.
The three-story building houses nine people but only Peter McCusker was inside at the time, who was able to make it out safely.
“A pedestrian coming by noticed the smoke coming out of the second-floor window before the alarms going off and started banging on the doors,” recalled McCusker. “I just grabbed some stuff and went out the door.”
McCusker said he does not know what to expect when he returns home but he feels fortunate to have made it out safely.
The nine residents that were displaced are being assisted by the Red Cross.
No firefighters were injured, according to Gioiosa.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.