NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — Intense flames and billowing smoke engulfed the sober home in North Attleboro early Wednesday morning.
Mike Hanson, director of the Association for Sober Living, said he arrived shortly after firefighters began knocking the fire down.
“I was saddened when I saw it,” Hanson said.
Hanson said the recovery program owns both the adjacent houses as well, but neither were damaged by the fire.
His biggest concern right now is for the nine residents who lived there. Hanson is thankful that all of the residents made it out safely and said he has plenty of room to house them, but all of their personal belongings were destroyed.
A past resident of the home set up a GoFundMe page for the affected residents, which Hanson said has so far raised more than $10,000.
Hanson said he’s beyond thankful for the “tremendous amount of support” they’ve received from the community.
“I’m just blown away by it all,” Hanson said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this time.