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6 residents displaced, one in critical condition following major fire in New Bedford


Early Tuesday morning at 7:37am multiple 911 calls were received for a reported structure fire at 145-147 West Hill Rd in New Bedford. Upon arrival, Firefighters were faced with heavy fire on the first floor extending into the second floor and attic space.

The crews of E1, E7, E8, L1, L4 along with Command Units 1 and 2 made an aggressive interior attack on this rapidly spreading fire and ensured all occupants were out. Additionally, Engine 9 was dispatched early due to the extent of the fire.

The six tenants from this four unit building were able to escape prior to Fire Department arrival due to working smoke detectors. Four of the tenants were treated and transported to St. Luke’s hospital by New Bedford EMS. One patient is in critical condition at St. Luke’s Hospital ICU.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by New Bedford Fire Investigators along with the State Fire Marshals Office. New Bedford Police, New Bedford Emergency Management, and the Providence Canteen also assisted during this incident. The American Red Cross is assisting six displaced residents. Three pets are accounted for and one remains missing.

Carlos Pimental Felix was live at the scene.

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