Tenants picking up pieces after Fall River fire destroys two homes

By: Rebecca Turco

Email: rturco@abc6.com

FALL RIVER – A day after an explosive fire in Fall River damaged two multi-family homes, those 13 residents are trying to pick up the pieces among the ashes and debris.

“I just wish this was just a bad nightmare,” said Lisa Medeiros, who lives at 86 Irving Street. She explained it all happened so fast, after what sounded like an explosion. “We heard the big bang and we all ran outside.”

Fire Chief Sullivan says that bang was likely from a one pound butane or propane container. The bang was prior to crews responding.

Firefighters got the call just before 2:15 p.m. and when they arrived, found heavy smoke and fire pouring out of 80 Irving Street. The flames quickly jumped ten feet to the next multi-family home at 86 Irving Street.

Most of the tenants made it out safely, but one person was seriously injured and hospitalized.

Tenant Jameson McCormack, Medeiros’ husband, told ABC6 News he went inside to grab the man, and then police found them both and helped them move the man to safety.

Medeiros is having a particularly tough time dealing with the aftermath, because this isn’t her first fire. When she was four years-old, she lost her house to the 1982 Notre Dame Church fire in Fall River. “I just hope we come out stronger than we did before,” she said.

But she and her husband are counting their blessings, since their cats made it out alive. “They’re my kids and I can replace everything else,” McCormack said.

Medeiros’ niece started an online fundraiser to help out the family who live in the 86 Irving Street home: http://www.gofundme.com/qbddegg.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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