Five Displaced in Three-Alarm Cambridge (MA) Fire

Amy Saltzman

Wicked Local Metro, Needham, Mass.


Apr. 20—Five residents, including a child, have been displaced after a three-alarm fire ripped through a two-family home at 9 Meacham Road in North Cambridge on Monday afternoon.

It took 50 firefighters almost two hours to knock down the blaze, which caused extensive damage to the 2.5-story, wood-frame home. Smoke and flames were coming through the roof, while the entire back of the home was charred and the upper floors were heavily damaged, according to a Cambridge Fire Department spokesperson.

The fire also partially extended to the house to the left at 7 Meacham Road, melting the exterior siding.

” Cambridge buildings are very close together so that’s always an issue. But firefighters were able to quickly stop that fire from extending into the other building,” said the CFD spokesperson.

All occupants were safely evacuated and only one firefighter sustained an injury after a minor fall. He was treated at the scene, and was not transported to the hospital.

The fire was first reported around 2:40 p.m. and wasn’t officially knocked down until 4:30 p.m. There was fire in the walls and attic space, extending to concealed spaces. Firefighters are expected to be on scene for several more hours checking for hot spots and smoldering, the CFD spokesperson said.

A portion of Massachusetts Avenue near Day Street was closed for hours.


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