16 displaced by Fall River apartment fire

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Multiple families were forced from their homes early Tuesday morning after a fire broke out at an apartment in Fall River.

Crews responding to Boutwell Street around 1:15 a.m. saw flames coming from the building but were able to quickly extinguish them.

The entire building sustained smoke damage but it’s not an entire loss, according to officials on scene. All six units had to be vacated, which house a total of 11 adults and five children.

Officials said two children were taken to the hospital as a precaution but no other injuries were reported.

A first-floor tenant lost a couple of cats, officials added.

Crews said there were working smoke alarms in the building that alerted the first-floor tenant, who was then able to warn everyone else.

The fire department stressed that everyone should check the smoke alarms in their homes to make sure they are working, change the batteries if needed, and replace the whole device if it’s more than 10 years old.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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