LOWELL, Mass. — Crews responded to a five-alarm fire in Lowell on Clare Street Sunday morning at approximately 9 a.m. that left 22 residents displaced and three firefighters in the hospital.
Lowell Fire Chief Phillip Charron told Boston 25 that multiple fire crews were called to the scene for a five-alarm fire, which would typically be a three-alarm fire if it wasn’t for the extreme heatwave.
“This was probably a 3-alarm fire but we struck 2 extra alarms to get the manpower in to rotate the guys because of the very hot conditions,” said Charron.
Charron added that the 22 residents who are displaced due to the fire are being assisted by the Red Cross at a cooling center located within Lowell.
Three firefighters were also transported for heat exhaustion and various other minor injuries following the major fire. Officials said that none of the 22 residents reported any injuries at this time.
Ariana Yin, a neighbor nearby, told Boston 25 News she saw the fire break out just before 9 a.m.
“I feel bad for them wearing those heavy jackets walking up the street, down the street, I feel bad for them,” she said. “We saw some big black flames that came up so we ran down to the street and we saw fires on the side of the blue house. It kind of caught to the yellow house too, because the houses were so close together.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.