At least 13 displaced, firefighter injured in 3-alarm New Bedford fire

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A three-alarm fire broke out in neighboring triple-deckers in New Bedford Wednesday morning.

New Bedford Deputy Fire Chief Scott Kruger said the first calls came in around 8 a.m. for reports of black smoke at the corner of North Front Street and Tallman Street. He said the fire had already been burning for quite some time.

Around 10 a.m., flames were still seen shooting out of the roof of 317 North Front St. causing the roof to collapse. The first floor of the that triple-decker once housed “The Pub,” which has been closed for years. The sign is still visible from the street.

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The preliminary investigation revealed the fire started at the house behind “The Pub” on Tallman Street and spread.

New Bedford Fire Chief Paul Coderre said one firefighter suffered burns to his hands. No injuries were reported among the residents.

According to the Salvation Army of Massachusetts, at least nine children were displaced as well as at least four adults. The Red Cross responded to the scene to assist them.

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This fire started at the end of the shift for overnight firefighters who battled another fire just after midnight nearby on Ashley Boulevard.

Kruger said firefighters rescued a woman in her mid-30s from the burning apartment and EMT’s resuscitated her. She was rushed to St. Luke’s and then Rhode Island Hospital.

Both fires remain under investigation.

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