Fire officials investigating cause of Boston-area fire

Cambridge Fire Department Deputy Chief Thomas Cahill said the fire affected up to fifteen buildings, one of which was totally consumed by flames before the first firefighters arrived.

Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick says there have been some injuries reported but none of them are serious.

With the huge fire on Berkshire and York streets now under control, the focus shifts to helping the displaced and injured.

A fund to help people impacted by the massive fire in Cambridge that damaged just under a dozen buildings has raised over $58,000 in roughly 11 hours.

One witness said it took only a minute for flames to engulf an entire building. The fire has overtaken seven to eight buildings, which includes homes and at least one church.

Power was shut off in the area of the fire because of overhead wires, and was expected to be out for the majority of the night.

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"The fact that it happened in daylight and people were up and around and cognizant of what was going on versus sleeping at night was obviously something in our favor", Reardon said.

At around 6 p.m., over 100 firefighters from 17 companies were trying to put out the fire, CBS Boston reported.

"This looked like a ball of fire across the street", Reardon said.

Before firefighters had even left the scene, support for the victims of a devastating Cambridge fire had already reached six figures Sunday morning. At least three other structures caught fire as well.

A man who lived a few houses down from where the fire started said he smelled smoke and went outside to investigate, when he saw the house next to his neighbor's home on fire.

  • Marjorie Miles