Fire burns through New Bedford apartment building

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) – The New Bedford Fire Department responded to a fire at an apartment building Thursday night at 314 North Front Street, at the corner of Tallman Street.

The initial call for a fire came in around 7:20 p.m. One person was rescued from the roof after crawling through a skylight when the fire department arrived.

“He said he couldn’t get out, so our first play was to get the aerial up and get him off,” District Chief Robert Frates said.

Frates said the back of the house was on fire when they arrived on scene. He also said the crews weren’t able to get into the stairwells because they were burning.

“The roof collapsed so now we need to hit hot spots,” Frates said. “We’re going to be here for awhile.”

Investigators believe the cause of the fire is suspicious.

“I believe it started in the back, I don’t know where, but when I got here the whole back of the building was on fire,” Frates said.

This is one of several suspicious fires in the area and throughout Southeastern Massachusetts in the last few months.

Between June 13 and 15, firefighters responded to four car fires in the city.

Several suspicious fire were reported throughout the city’s North end throughout the Summer months.

Six families were displaced because of the fire. The fire department is working on getting the Red Cross to help those families.

The building has been declared a total loss.