LOWELL (CBS) — Thirty-six people were forced out of their homes by a fire in Lowell Saturday morning. One firefighter was also minorly injured at the scene, the Lowell Fire Department confirmed.
“When we came out it was a lot of smoke and everybody was running to come outside,” said neighbor Milly SanchezREAD MORE: AG Issues Advisory After 'Significant Increase' In Complaints Of Deceptive Advertising By Car Dealers
When crews arrived at the Cross Street building Saturday morning, flames were bursting out the back.Â All of the residents inside were able to safely get out of the building themselves.
“Companies worked hard, they did a great job knocking this fire down but at the beginning, it was pretty tough,” said Lowell Fire Deputy Chief Bob Destrempe.READ MORE: Climate Protesters Arrested After Chaining Themselves To Boat Outside Gov. Charlie Baker's Swampscott Home
On Saturday afternoon, residents were quickly able to go inside and salvage whatever they could find.
“For me, we lost everything, and I am one of community – refugee – from Congo,” said one resident.
The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.MORE NEWS: Attempted Murder Suspect With One Handcuff, One Shoe Escapes Police In Charlton Near Mass Pike
The Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.