LYNN — Firefighters battled the elements Monday night, working a blaze at a three-family home in West Lynn in freezing cold conditions with winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour.
According to Fire Capt. Joseph Zukas, the fire department received multiple calls around 11:29 p.m. Monday for a fire at 12 to 14 Murphy Ave.
The home was fully occupied at the time of the fire with five adults and 11 children, who were all able to evacuate the building safely before firefighters arrived.
Around 40 firefighters arrived to work the blaze, which took several hours to knock down.
“The wind and cold weather played a factor in fighting the fire,” said Zukas. “Very slippery conditions throughout the fire scene.”
One firefighter suffered a minor eye injury in the fire and had to treated at Mass Eye and Ear in Boston.
The fire was brought under control after several hours, but firefighters remained on the scene putting down hot spots until 4:41 a.m. Tuesday.
The home is currently unlivable, Zukas said, and the families were put up by the Red Cross.
“Most of the fire damage was on the third floor, but there was heavy water damage on the other two floors,” Zukas said.
He estimated that the fire caused several hundred thousand dollars worth of damage.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.