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Three-alarm blaze destroys multi-family home in Somerville

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — One man was hospitalized with minor injuries following a heavy fire that destroyed a nine-apartment building in Somerville.

Fire Chief Patrick Sullivan says the three-alarm blaze started at around 9 p.m. Thursday and spread to three residences on Rush Street that are all connected.

Deputy Chief Chris Major says most residents of the three-story building self-evacuated the burning structure. The injured man was hospitalized for minor burns.

Investigators believe the blaze started in a center unit. At least one stairwell collapsed, and firefighters were ordered to exit the home to fight the flames outside. The fire was under control around 11 p.m.

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An investigation to determine the cause is ongoing.