2 Firefighters Hurt Battling Massive Fire in Oxford, Mass. - NECN

2 Firefighters Hurt Battling Massive Fire in Oxford, Mass.



    2 firefighters hurt battling massive fire in Oxford, Mass.

    7 people were displaced by the 5-alarm blaze, which is now under investigation; firefighters' injuries are non-life-threatening (Published Tuesday, April 1, 2014)

    (NECN: Justin Michaels) - Seven people were displaced and two firefighters were injured in a 5-alarm fire Monday morning in Oxford, Mass.

    In the light of day, you can see that the apartment building on Main Street is a complete loss after the fire broke out around 12:30 a.m.

    "We had heavy fire coming out of what we would call the CD corner, which is the right rear of the building," said Oxford Fire Chief Sherry Bemis.

    By the time fire crews arrived, everyone who lived there was outside, trying to find their pets.

    Despite extremely cold temperatures, fire hydrants didn't freeze.

    "The hydrants haven't been a problem for us," said Bemis. "What has been a problem has been the cold and the ice."

    Fire crews had a tough situation before the fire even started. The building was built in 1756 and has had many renovations.

    "Firefighters had trouble accessing all of the apartments. They ran into walls, hidden stairways," said Bemis. "The building has been renovated, has multiple rooms, multiple apartments, one apartment, in fact, covers all three floors."

    Bemis confirms that once the investigation is complete, the maze-like building will be torn down.

    The two injured firefighters will recover.