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- A 3-alarm fire was reported at about 2:30 a.m. at a home on Forest Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
- Thirteen people were displaced due to the blaze and are anticipating the Red Cross' help.
- The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Thirteen people are displaced following a 3-alarm structure fire that damaged a multi-family home in Lawrence, Massachusetts overnight.
The blaze was reported at about 2:30 a.m. at a home on Forest Street, according to the city's fire department. All 13 residents were able to escape the fire safely after an upstairs neighbor woke a woman and her four children on the first floor, officials said.
Fire crews said the inferno was difficult to access since the home is on a hill. The blaze was too dangerous for firefighters to battle it from the inside, forcing crews to combat the flames from outside the building.
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Adding more difficulty to an already complex situation, the chilly temps made water form to ice, causing the grounds to be slick. One firefighter suffered a slip and fall injury after ice developed.
Firefighters continued to battle hot spots through 5:30 a.m. Displaced residents are anticipating the Red Cross' assistance.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.