6 hospitalized, more than 30 displaced after 5-alarm blaze tears through triple-decker in Chelsea

CHELSEA, Mass. — Six people, including two firefighters, were rushed to the hospital after a five-alarm blaze tore through a triple-decker home in Chelsea on Wednesday morning, leaving more than 30 people without a home.

Heavy flames were seen shooting out of all three floors of the Cottage Street duplex and firefighters received reports of multiple people trapped inside, according to Chelsea Fire Chief Leonard Albanese.

Firefighters rescued one person who was on the third floor, but everyone else got out on their own. Crews were able to get the flames under control and keep it contained, despite homes in the area being so close together.

“A very labor-intensive fire,” Albanese said. “The entire rear of the structure was burning on all three floors. The porches are gone. And all companies worked aggressively to contain this to the building of origin.”

The Red Cross is assisting a total of total of 23 adults and nine kids who were forced to evacuate the home.

The building sustained heavy damage, especially in the back. The State Fire Marshal’s office is now investigating.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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