More than two dozen people were forced out of a boarding house overnight as a structure fire quickly turned into a 3-alarm blaze in Stoughton, Massachusetts.
The fire was reported at about 1 a.m. Thursday at a building on Washington Street. Sprinklers were able to contain the flames to a few apartments in the back of the boarding house and tenants rushed out to safety.
"We heard the fire alarms going off and then my buddy Bert over there screaming, 'Fire!' and when he screams... we know it’s the real deal," Danielle Flaherty said. "We thought it was just someone cooking."
Crews were able to extinguish the blaze and investigators remained to determine the cause. No injuries were reported in connection to the incident.
One tenant said he was unsure of where to go after the blaze, but expressed gratitude for those who helped residents escape the building.
"This is my first time through this," Scott Swenson said. "There are plenty of people. The fire department has been great, the Red Cross is here. They pretty much put us right where we’re supposed to be going."
Displaced tenants were taken to a nearby VFW center for shelter and to begin case work.
The investigation is ongoing.