A fire reported around 2:50 p.m. in a house at Berkshire and Vandine streets quickly spread to several buildings and went to ten alarms by 3:58 p.m., bringing firefighters from across greater Boston. One building has collapsed. St. Patrick's Place, a former church turned residences, is on fire.
Eight buildings caught fire. At 5:45, two still had heavy flames. Up to 100 people may have been displaced.
The fire at 3 p.m., not long after it erupted (Photo by Jay):
Michael Workman, who lives on Berkshire Street, reports he was sitting in his living room when he saw flames and smoke pouring out of a house undergoing extensive renovations across the street.
The Red Cross has set up a desk at the Frisoli Youth Center on Willow Street for displaced residents. The city has set up a shelter for displaced residents with no place to go at the War Memorial Recreation Center, 1640 Cambridge St. Donations can be made online or sent to:
Mayors Fire Relief Fund
Cambridge City Hall
795 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
WHDH reports two police officers and one firefighter were injured.