New Bedford families ‘narrowly escaped’ fire

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – Two families narrowly escaped a fast-moving fire in New Bedford over the weekend, and are still reeling from the terrifying ordeal.

All five people got out just in time from the building on Rivet Street early Sunday morning.

“They narrowly escaped. Thank goodness for the fire alarms, because if they hadn’t heard it in time,” Alice Torres, the daughter of the building’s owner, said, “the fire department said they might not have been able to save them because it went so quickly.”

The owner of the building, who escaped the flames with her husband and three tenants told ABC 6 that she didn’t know if her insurance policy would cover the destroyed building.

“Oh my God, I can’t believe when I see my house like this. I can’t believe, I can’t believe,” the building’s owner, Maria Ramos-Silveira, said.

The family believes the fire is connected to rodents eating through wiring, because they heard rodents in the walls the week before the fire.

But, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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