Roof collapses during fire at vacant home in New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — A vacant home in New Bedford caught fire Wednesday night.

The fire happened just after 7 p.m. at the multi-story home at the intersection for Frank and Hemlock streets.

A home catches fire on Hemlock Street in New Bedford. (WLNE)

Deputy Fire Chief Scott Kruger told ABC 6 News that when firefighters arrived, they were met with flames coming from the second floor.

Kruger said they had a hard time getting to the second floor because of debris inside the home.

A home catches fire on Hemlock Street in New Bedford. (WLNE)

While firefighters were battling the fire, the roof began to collapse. Crews had to be pulled from inside the building.

Firefighters were able to battle the fire from the exterior and were able to contain it following the roof collapse.

A home catches fire on Hemlock Street in New Bedford. (WLNE)

Neighbors told ABC 6 that the homeowner recently passed away.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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