originally posted at 2:11 p.m. Last updated at 9:27 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – Twenty individuals were displaced overnight after a fire destroyed two units, and damaged two more units at the Windor Gardens apartments on Wednesday afternoon.
The fire was reported about 1:59 p.m., via a 9-1-1 call, said Framingham Assistant Fire Chief Michael Dutcher.
The fire was in the 1700 section of the complex, said Dutcher. The actual unit was 1710.
The initial companies on the scene saw heavy smoke and fire conditions and almost immediately called a second alarm, said Dutcher.
More than 30 firefighters, and a half dozen command staff were on the scene for almost 5 hours, according to Chief Dutcher. He said the scene was not cleared until 7 p.m.
Fire damaged was contained to two units, the one where the fire started, which is completely uninhabitable, and the neighborhing unit, explained Dutcher.
There was water and smoke damage to two more additional units, he added.
However, tonight, Feb.13, the entire 1700 building had to find someplace else to live, as their is no gas or electricity. That displaced 20 individuals, mostly adults and some kids.
Dutcher said the fire is under investigation, and the department does not know how it started.
He said the home owners were not home when the fire started.
After the building inspector reviews the building on Thursday, gas and electricity, including heat, could be returned to some of the units.
The Red Cross offered assistance, but all those displaced had family or friends to stay with tonight, said Assistant Chief Dutcher.
The Assistant Chief said firefighters found a lizard that lives in the complex, but a cat is still missing.
There were no injuries.
“Everyone was called to the fire,” said Dutcher. Initially, it was Engine 7, Engine 3, Ladder 3, Rescue 1 and Car 2. And then Engine 2, Engine 1, Engine 5, and Tower 1 was called to the scene.
Neighboring communities covered our stations, said Dutcher.