UPDATE: Seven Homeless After Glen St. Fire

Seven-person family will stay in hotel for the night, according to American Red Cross.

Update, 9:40 a.m.: The American Red Cross is at the scene on Glen Street. Seven family members are homeless after the Friday morning attic fire.

"We were informed by the Somerville Fire Department that seven people were displaced and are going to need assistance," said American Red Cross Communications Director Kat Powers.

The Red Cross will provide hotel accommodations for the evening and emergency finances for food, said Powers. More assistance for clothing and other necessities may be given if needed.

"We are still assessing the sitation," she said.

According to Powers, the attic was burned out completely during the fire and the house sustained significant water damage.

Original Post: Somerville firefighters responded to a second alarm for an attic fire at 48 Glen St., according to emergency radio transmissions. Glen Street is in East Somerville, between Broadway and Pearl Street. 

The first alarm was struck just before 7:30 a.m.. Upon arrival, firefighters struck a second alarm to bring more equipment and personnel to the site. Companies from Cambridge and other surrounding communities responded to the call for mutual aid.

By 8:30 a.m., the firefighters appeared to have the fire under control. Some were up on the roof, dropping wood to the driveway below. 

The second alarm was cleared at 8:46 a.m., allowing some engines and companies from neighborhood communities to leave the scene.

This is a developing story. Somerville Patch will update this post is more information becomes available.


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