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Firefighters anxious more buildings could collapse after MA fire

Firefighters anxious more buildings could collapse after MA fire”

Firefighters battled a massive 10-alarm fire in Cambridge, Massachusetts, working late into the night on Saturday.

Officials said four structures are believed to have caught fire and one of those buildings has collapsed.

The fire began in the mid-afternoon on Berkshire Street, near Kendall Square, and eventually spread to eight buildings and several cars parked on the street, the Boston Globe reported.

When fire crews arrived on scene a truck was rolled over and several people had to be extricated. The fire department received the first emergency calls shortly before 3 p.m.

Cambridge police spokesman Jeremy Warnick says at least seven buildings are on fire.

One of the burned buildings was a former church that had been converted into 20 units of affordable housing, Cambridge firefighters reported over their radios. Power has been shut off in the neighborhood for hundreds of customers, and officials said it may remain out for a good portion of the night.

Between 130 to 140 firefighters from 17 surrounding communities responded to the fire for mutual aid.

"My family's owned these houses for nearly 100 years, and what do you do in a situation like this?" he said.

"This is just to help families who may not have enough in terms of insurance or a place to go or clothing", Simmons said.

Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons said in a tweet that people should hold off on donating material items if they want to help in recovery efforts and instead directed them to donate to the Mayor's Fire Relief Fund.

Officials are working to determine the cause of the fire.



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