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Quincy fire displaces two families on Vassall Street

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  May 7, 2013 04:08 PM

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Two families have been displaced after a fire ripped through a two-story, two-unit home on Vassall Street early Tuesday morning.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Ed Fenby, the call came in at approximately 3:20 a.m. and grew enough within 20 minutes to warrant a second truck to be called to the scene.

“It started on the exterior of the house and burned into the eves and took over the attic,'' he said.

Police believe the fire started on the second floor balcony. Though the incident is under investigation, police do not believe the cause to be suspicious.

Five people were displaced because of the fire, including a young couple with a baby on the first floor, and an older couple who lived on the second floor.

According to Fenby, the Red Cross is providing housing for the young couple and baby. He was unsure where the other family went.

“The house is not able to be stayed in right now,” Fenby said.

Fire officials did not have a damage estimate, but said most likely the house would be a total loss.

None of the tenants were injured in the blaze, but one Quincy firefighter went to the hospital when the ceiling collapsed onto him.

According to Fenby, that firefighter has since been released.

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