CHELSEA, Mass. (WHDH) – A massive, wind-driven fire that broke out Wednesday in Chelsea heavily damaged two triple-decker homes and displaced at least 15 people.
The fire sparked on John Street at around 4 p.m. The fire sent a huge plume of smoke into the air that could be seen from miles away. Visibility in the area was very low as firefighters worked to contain the fast-moving flames.
Video showed the fire quickly engulf the back of one building before spreading to a second building.
A third-floor resident told 7News that he thought the smoke was from a grill but then realized the magnitude of the situation and rushed to rescue his family.
“My father kind of disappeared, so I went to go look for him,” said Domingos Gomes. “He made it out OK.”
Fire officials said no one was seriously injured. The fire has since been knocked down but residents are shocked by the damage that was left behind.
“I’m in disbelief. You never think that it’s going to happen to you,” one woman said. “I don’t know what we’re going to do.”
Many area streets were shut down due to the large response and dangerous conditions.
The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate but officials said the fire did not appear to be suspicious in nature.
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