Two firefighters were injured and more than a dozen people were displaced Wednesday following a 3-alarm blaze in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The blaze was reported around 5 a.m. at a multi-family home on Allen Street. Officials initially said about 13 to 16 people lost their home, but Red Cross said it is responding to assist 14 residents who were displaced.
Resident Gabriel Soto's mother had just left for work when the fire happened.
"I kiss her and give her a hug and then next thing I know, all this smoke was in the room and I panicked," Soto said.
Crews Battling Blaze on Allen St in Worcester
One of the hurt firefighters suffered a back injury, while the other suffered an ankle injury, according to officials. It's unclear if any residents were injured in the fire.
Fire crews said the blaze was difficult to combat due to a frozen fire hydrant and the building's age.
The fire comes just days after Worcester Fire Department firefighter Christopher Roy perished on Sunday after he responded to a 5-alarm blaze just about a mile away from Wednesday's fire.
Some firefighters who responded to the Allen Street blaze also responded to Sunday's fatal fire.
"Once the three tones struck, our firefighters went straight to work," Worcester Fire Department Deputy Chief Martin Dyer said. "All bad thoughts went out of their head. They came in and did the best job that they can."
The cause of the Wednesday's fire is under investigation.