BOSTON (CBS) – Two women were killed during an overnight fire at a triple-decker in Everett.
Flames broke out around 11:45 p.m. Sunday night on Madison Ave.
Two women in their 60s were reported missing and were eventually found dead inside the home.
Everyone on the first and third floors was able to make it safely out. But two women who lived on the second floor could not escape.
Firefighters said it was a stubborn fire, and there were still hot spots into Monday morning.
A neighbor described the moment she realized the house next door was on fire.
“All I see is smoke, things are falling, glass is burning, the whole front of the house is horrible it’s horrific,” Lilia Douche.
She said when they learned the two women were missing, “my mom started shaking, she started crying. She was like, ‘I just saw them yesterday, this isn’t true, this isn’t true.'”
“We knew them very well. It’s very sad. One of them worked and the other was retired. She was ill. She couldn’t really walk, I think that’s what happened,” said Nina Ramirez. Her son woke her up and they made it out of the home just in time. “I told him to go to bed early but thank God he didn’t.”
Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.
The Everett fire chief said power and gas has been shut off in the neighborhood, but he is not sure how many people are impacted.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
“Firefighters grabbed some stuff for me, but just some stuff. That’s not important. I’m so sad,” one resident said.