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Residents Salvage Belongings Following 10-Alarm Fire in Cambridge

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    While Cambridge Fire officials worked throughout Sunday to assess the damage at an estimated 15 buildings, residents were busy trying to salvage what they could. (Published Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016)

    The estimated 60 people that have been displaced following Saturday's 10-alarm fire in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are now being forced to find new places to live, just weeks before the holidays.

    On Sunday morning, many people returned to their homes in the Kendall Square neighborhood to find their homes were gutted by the fire.

    Louche Pinheiro was still visibly shaken by the fast moving fire, that started at about 2 p.m. on Saturday.

    "We had nothing. We literally left the house in a T-shirt and pants." Pinheiro recalled. "I thought it was raining out. Just all these ashes and smoke and it just got to me and my daughter and we looked down at the house and saw 4 or 5 little explosions that happened."

    While Cambridge Fire officials worked throughout Sunday to assess the damage at an estimated 15 buildings, residents were busy trying to salvage what they could.

    "We don't know yet the amount of damage and our tenants lost everything too," Pinheiro said. "And my husband lost his car, we thought mine was involved too but his car is a loss. A total loss."

    Authorities said thankfully, there were only 6 minor injuries. Neighbors like Robert Cayman could be credited for helping to get people out of their homes.

    "We ended up getting a lady out and her newborn, a dog and an older black lady out. It was just like Armageddon when I first got there," Cayman recalled.

    The investigation into the exact cause of the fire continues.

    "We are alive that's all that matters, we are safe," said Pinheiro.

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