LAWRENCE, Mass. —Firefighters in Lawrence, Massachusetts, battled a fire that reached seven alarms in multiple triple-decker homes on Crosby Street Friday night.The fire which started just before 10 p.m. Friday had spread to as many as five nearby buildings in the neighborhood.
Video and photos from the scene showed fire had engulfed the roof of at least one of the multi-family homes and had damaged nearby buildings.
“It went up really quick,” one nearby resident said. “It was the most scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Firefighters from multiple nearby communities joined Lawrence firefighters at the scene battling the flames.
Multiple homes on fire in Lawrence. Winds gusting to 30mph at times. Relative humidity as low as 24%. Flames are skipping from house to house. https://t.co/iCpVCiqKPH
— Pete Bouchard NBC10 Boston (@PeteNBCBoston) April 16, 2022
First responders were going door-to-door to check on the status of nearby neighbors.
— Adam Liberatore (@bostonTVguy) April 16, 2022
Cell video from a neighbor shows the flames on Crosby St. in Lawrence. This was a six-alarm fire that consumed several buildings. Unclear how many residents are impacted. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/oT08iKzd5S
— Jason Law (@JasonLawNews) April 16, 2022
“Thank God that all the firefighters came along,” the neighbor said. “I just hope everyone’s okay. I hope everyone is safe and no one got hurt.”
Winds gusting to 25-30 mph were making batting the intense flames difficult for firefighters.
Thick smoke surrounded much of the neighborhood as dozens of firefighters worked to knock down the fire, as onlookers watched from a distance.
The Massachusetts fire marshal had investigators from their fire and explosion investigation unit heading to the scene to investigate, which they say is standard procedure.