CHELSEA—Residents of a multi-family building ran to safety today after fire broke out in the rear of the three-story structure. The blaze grew to three alarms before Chelsea firefighters were able to bring it under control.
Resident Awilda Morales said she rushed from door to door in the six-family building, knocking on doors in an effort to alert her neighbors.
“I knocked on people’s doors so they could come out. I rang doorbells and everything,’’ she said. “We were able to get out safe.’’
Another resident, Nilsa Mendez, fought back tears as she surveyed the still-smoking building this afternoon.
“I want to cry. I want to cry, oh, yeah, I do,’’ the 27-year-old Mendez said. “Because I lost everything for my kids. I don’t have anything for my kids.’’
The blaze at 142 Congress Ave. broke out shortly after 1 p.m. Firefighters called for more help when rear porches became engulfed in flames, officials said.
According to city assessing records, the 4,080-square-foot building was built in 1920 and is owned by Mia Realty LLC of Byfield. It is assessed at $177,200.