Wind-swept fire damages 3 homes in New Bedford

Photo: WPRI/ Steph Machado

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Eight families in New Bedford are without their homes following a wind-swept fire that broke out Thursday.

The flames erupted between two multi-family homes on Bullard Street – and officials said it started in a trash bin between the two properties.

“With the conditions with the wind, the gusts, it was blowing the flames in every direction,” said District Chief Paul Coderre of the New Bedford Fire Department. “Heavy smoke, low visibility and a lot of fire on arrival.”

Neighbor John Cummings said the fire quickly spread to a third home.

“The house was going, the porch, it went right on the roof, then it caught on to the house next door, then the house behind it caught up,” Cummings told Eyewitness News.

One of the homes sustained the brunt of the damage, according to officials.

“The roof collapsed, the chimney fell into the building, so at this point in time that building is uninhabitable,” Coderre said.

Fire officials said everyone got out of the fire unharmed – and first responders even rescued a bunny from one of the homes.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire.

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