Chief: Ceilings made battling Fall River fire difficult

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Firefighters struggled to knock down a fire inside of a Fall River home due to the height of its ceilings, according to Fall River Fire District Chief Jeffrey Bacon.

The fire broke out inside of a three-family home on Whipple Street early Tuesday morning.

Bacon said the height of the ceilings meant the fire had plenty of space to spread.

“There were a lot of void spaces in the wall,” Bacon said. “It’s an old house and had 10-foot ceilings and they dropped down to 8-foot ceilings at some points so there was a huge void space above the ceilings that the fire was able to get into.”

Bacon said the home sustained significant water and smoke damage.

All of the residents and their pets were able to get out of the home safely.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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