Firefighters battling large blaze at apartment building in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, Mass — Large flames could be seen erupting out of the upper floors of an apartment building in Cambridge Thursday afternoon.

Video sent to Boston 25 News captured the flames billowing out of the windows on the top floor of the red building on Gore Street. Smoke could be billowing out of the building and over the closely packed neighboring buildings.

“At one point a ton of smoke was just blowing, dark and thick,” resident Darcy Delaney said. “It almost looked like a nasty cloud.”

The fire drew a large response from the Cambridge Fire Department, with ladders reaching up towards the top floors.

16 people have been displaced from their homes, officials say. No reported injuries.

One of the residents, Baba Kolley, said he was sitting with his roommate when he heard fire alarms inside the building going off.

“As soon as I opened that back door it was just black from the smoke. So as soon as I saw that I told [my roommate], ‘Let’s get out of here,’” Kolley said.

The Salvation Army in Cambridge says they’re prepared to assist the displaced with future needs.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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

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