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Apartment fire displaces 3 families.

Byline: Steven H. Foskett Jr.

WORCESTER - A fire last night on the top floor of a Forbes Street home displaced five people from three families.

There were no injuries, and everyone safely left the building after the fire was reported about 5 p.m. The American Red Cross of Central Mass. is providing assistance to the displaced residents.

Smoke was showing from a third-floor apartment when firefighters arrived, District Chief Samuel W. Richesson said. A small fire had started around a third-floor windowsill. It was quickly extinguished, but firefighters had to check the area around the fire to make sure it hadn't spread. Firefighters removed most of the exterior wall of the apartment down to the studs.

The Fire Investigation Unit was called to the scene to try to determine the cause.

Crystal Walsh said she smelled smoke coming from a nearby apartment, and went to get Danny Hernandez, who also lives in the building. Mr. Hernandez said he kicked down the door, and he and Ms. Walsh realized there was nobody inside the apartment. The area around the window was burning, they said.

Firefighters cleared the area, which is off Lincoln Street, just after 6 p.m. The fire was the second in the neighborhood this week. A two-alarm fire Tuesday, one street over at 20 Orne St., displaced six people.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Mar 5, 2011
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