Two apartments “unhabitual” due to structural, electrical damage

📸 Screengrab from Facebook Live video of fire by Keith Lamoureux.

SOUTHBRIDGE — Residents of two Hamilton Street apartments were displaced by a two-alarm fire late Tuesday afternoon.

It was at approximately 4:20 p.m. when firefighters responded to a report of “some type of fire on the outside of the building” at 22 Hamilton Street, just a few doors down from the intersection with Main Street, according to a press release issued by the Southbridge Fire Department.

Engine 3 was the first arriving engine company, quickly reporting that smoke was coming from the porches between the second and third floors of the apartment building.

A second alarm was struck, bringing local firefighters to the scene and activating a rapid intervention team to respond from the Dudley Fire Department.

The first crew on the scene, consisting of one firefighter and one lieutenant, “were able to expose and quickly knocked down the fire” while the incoming off-duty firefighters checked to see if the fire had extended into other parts of the building.

Two apartments were deemed unhabitual by the building inspections department while the remainder of the building remained open to residents.

Webster EMS was also on scene while firefighting crews from Charlton and Sturbridge were brought in to help provide mutual aid coverage. Leicester EMS also provided mutual aid coverage as Southbridge personnel was working the scene. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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