Crews in central Massachusetts had difficulty fighting a fire at an apartment home in Lancaster early Tuesday morning due to what is being described as hoarding conditions.
Firefighters responded to the blaze on Narrow Lane just after midnight where they found the fire shooting through the roof. The blaze quickly reached 3-alarms.
The residents were able to make it out safely but fire officials said access to the building was difficult.
"Companies reported hoarding — a lot of stuff. They couldn't get through the first floor, the third floor in the front of the building, they had to go around the back," said Lancaster Fire Chief Michael Hanson.
No injuries were reported but ten families have been displaced. The American Red Cross has been called in to assist those residents.
The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.