LYNN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Dozens of people have been displaced following a massive fire at a Lynn apartment complex.
The four-alarm fire broke out after midnight Monday at 145 Lewis Street. Crews were still at the scene early Monday morning.
"It's the worst call you could get," said Andrew Perkins, who owns the building. "When you get the call your building's on fire awful things go through your head.
According to fire officials, the blaze began in the back stairwell of the 114-year-old building and quickly spread to the third floor.
All residents were able to make it out of the 25-unit complex.
"We owe it to the fact that we changed the clocks ahead and changed all the batteries in smoke detectors," said Perkins.
Residents stayed warm in a MBTA bus as crews battled the fire. A shelter was set up at Brickett Elementary School and the Red Cross was assisting 41 people. The school was closed Monday.
The Lynn fire chief told Fox 25 that the building was a total loss. He said low water pressure hindered firefighting efforts.
"We're having a problem with water supply. It's kind of low," said Lynn Fire chief James McDonald. "We had to move engines around to pump hydrants from a farther distance."
No one was injured in the fire. Perkins said he's trying to help his tenants find other housing.
Lewis Street between Chatham Street and Lafayette Park/Cherry Street will be closed to traffic Monday. Detours are in place.
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