CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (WHDH) – A fire that tore through a multi-family home in Cambridge, leaving an elderly woman dead and several residents displaced, does not appear suspicious, officials said Wednesday.
Firefighters responding to a fire reported on Webster Avenue around 7:30 a.m. found heavy smoke and flames coming from the second and third floors.
Dozens of firefighters battled the blaze and contained it to the three-story house.
An 88-year-old woman, who had a physical disability, died in the blaze, according to Cambridge Fire Chief Gerard E. Mahoney, State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, the acting police commissioner of Cambridge Christine Elow and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan. His name has not been disclosed.
“On behalf of the Cambridge Fire Service, I want to express our deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one,” Mahoney said. “It was a tragedy for them and the community.”
Residents of the building’s three units were relocated as the structure suffered extensive interior and exterior damage from the fire.
Investigators believe the fire started in a second-floor kitchen and there is no evidence the fire was started intentionally, officials said.
The exact cause remains under investigation.
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