Three alarm fire this morning displaces families in New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD, M.A. (WLNE) – A three-alarm fire spread over two apartment complexes above ‘The Pub Bar’ in New Bedford.

The New Bedford Fire Department received the call at 7:54 a.m. and crews quickly responded to the corner of Front and Tallman streets.

The fire required all three of the city’s ladder trucks to be deployed.

“It was black and smokey. A lot of fire coming from the top of the building.” Said, Michelle R. of New Bedford.

Michelle lives across the street and witness the entire thing happen from her doorstep.

“All the flames were coming out from the roof. Not the sides of the building or nothing on the bottom, it was all coming from the rooftop.” She said.

The Red Cross is now assisting more than a dozen people who were forced out of their homes.

Chief Paul Coderre Jr. of the New Bedford Fire Dept. said, “All residents are out. I had one firefighter sustain some burns to his hand initially. He’s fine, he’s still operating here on the scene.”

“We’ve moved everybody behind the apparatus because there are several collapse zones behind the buildings. So those are do not enters.” Said, Dep. Chief Scott Kruger of the New Bedford Fire Dept.

Michelle R added, “This is just too much. Now you got everybody homeless. Two buildings homeless.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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