As smoke and intense heat filled downtown
The nine-apartment building was on fire.
"I told my grandson to get out," Belanger said. "We got out. All of a sudden, it went up in flames," she said Monday, sitting across the street from her home of 18 years.
She and the other 11 residents who lived there got out safely, thanks to neighbors looking out for each other.
At the scene Monday, men with saws cut plywood and boarded up windows.
"It may be hard to determine because of the extent of the damage," LeClair said. The heaviest damage was to the back of the building, typically an indication of where the fire started, the chief said.
Much of the third floor and the attic were burned away.
"There was heavy smoke, heavy fire, heavy damage, a lot of water damage," LeClair said.
"I'm not sure what happened," Hinxman said of the fire.
He has insurance on the building, which he has owned for about 25 years.
"Some of these tenants have been here 10-plus years," he said. "I'll try to help them the best I can."
City Building Inspector
When the fire was first detected Sunday night, Albee and Pacheco said they were outside with friends. They smelled smoke, but at first thought someone was having a cookout.
Then someone came running from out back and told them the building was on fire. They ran to the front of the building.
"The whole side was on flames," Albee said. "My first reaction was (saving) my grandmother."
He and his brother,
"Lucky we were outside," Albee said.
Pacheco, who lived on the third floor, said it looked like the fire came from the third floor back porch.
"It went up quick," he said. "I lost everything, my couch, my TV, my clothes, my food. One woman may have lost a cat."
American Red Cross Disaster Program Manager
"It was chaos," Lynes said.
As firefighters worked to knock down the fire, "major smoke filled the air," Lynes said. "There was a bright orange glow for miles around. People were looking for lost pets and family members."
"Everybody's in the same boat," Lynes said. "They've lost everything."
Looking at the building, Lynes said the reason no one was hurt "is because this is a close-knit community. The minute disaster struck, neighbors and friends helped people get out."
When arriving on the scene of a big apartment building, "you're not sure which units are occupied, which ones are vacant, where everyone is," LeClair said.
After making sure everyone's out, another priority is keeping the fire from jumping, which firefighters did. A building on Jack Court, very close to
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