Originally posted at 5:35 a.m. Updated at 8:25 a.m.
FRAMINGHAM – Three individuals were displaced in an early morning Friday fire in Framingham.
Framingham firefighters were on the scene of an apartment building at 69 Nicholas Road in the Saxonville section of town at 2:30 a.m., according to Fire Chief Joseph Hicks.
One of the occupants, where the fire started, called 9-1-1, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Dutcher.
As firefighters were battling the fire, residents were still trying to evacuate the apartment complex, so a second alarm was called, said Assistant Chief Dutcher.
Firefighters evacuated all occupants due to heavy smoke, said Chief Hicks.
At least four people from the third floor required assistance from firefighters to evacuate, said Assistant Chief Dutcher.
Hicks said Engine 2 quickly extinguished the fire, however there was “significant heat and smoke damage to one of the apartment’s kitchens.”
The fire started in the kitchen of one of the apartments but did spread to the living room in that apartment, said Assistant Chief Dutcher.
Just that apartment is not livable at this time. Dutcher estimated about $40,000 worth of damage in that apartment.
“The cause is under investigation, but accidental in nature,” said Chief Hicks.
The crews first on the scene did a great job to knock the fire down, said Assistant Chief Dutcher. However, while they were battling the fire, occupants were still trying to get out of the building.
The building has no sprinklers, but does have smoke detectors, which were working, said Dutcher.
No firefighters were injured, but four residents of the apartment building, including one from the apartment where the fire started, were transported to MetroWest Medical Center for smoke inhalation.
Framingham Police and DPW were on the scene, and Sudbury Fire and Natick Fire provided backup for Framingham Fire at stations.
The 3 occupants of the apartment where the fire started were displaced, said Chief Hicks.
The Red Cross is assisting those displaced.