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Published: Mon, December 05, 2016
Medical | By Garry George

Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire

Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire

Some of those impacted live in affordable housing. He said some buildings are beyond fix while others had only broken windows.

At the same time, the city has set up a GoFundMe page, with the ultimate goal of raising $200,000. People can donate to the fund at Cambridgema.gov/firefund.

"We have to lift up and comfort those affected", said Mayor Denise Simmons.

The Cambridge Fire Department said they were thankful the incident started early in the afternoon so people were awake and aware of the situation.

The television station reports about 60 people had to evacuate their homes.

It was still unclear when those who were staying at the shelter would be able to return to their homes.

"This looked like a ball of fire from across the street".

Fire crews remain on the scene of where the 10-alarm blaze jumped from one building to another, destroying at least eight structures.

Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire
Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire

They say a 70-year-old man was pronounced deceased and three others were transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Authorities said two police officers and one firefighter were hurt. There were no fatalities or serious injuries reported as of 8 p.m. Saturday.

The fire started at Berkshire Street and Vandine Street in Cambridge at a building under construction and has spread to Cardinal Medeiros Way, Plymouth Street, York Street and York Lane.

Local residents on social media posted images and video that showed that the blaze could be seen from miles away, being fanned by high winds in the area.

"In minutes the whole house caught on fire". "There were flames everywhere". 10-alarms. 4 buildings involved, 1 collapsed.

"It's something the average person doesn't comprehend, how fast a fire moves", Reardon said.

The cause of the fire is still unclear.

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