Fire spreads from car to apartment building in Chelsea

A fire spread from a car to a Chelsea apartment building early this morning, causing between $10,000 and $15,000 in damage; one firefighter suffered minor injuries, authorities said.

Firefighters received a call at 3 a.m. for a car fire at 39 Crescent Ave. When they arrived, the car, a 1994 Honda, was fully engulfed in flames, said Deputy Fire Chief Robert Cameron.

The Honda was parked four feet away from a 16-unit, brick apartment building. The building caught fire through two basement windows, and firefighters worked for about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze with two lines, one spraying water on the car and the other on the building, Cameron said.

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Firefighters had to open a few of the building’s ceilings and walls to check for lingering fire. The Honda was totaled, Cameron said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, Cameron said.

Two adults and two children from one unit were displaced. The American Red Cross assisted the family by providing a hotel for lodging, funds for food and clothing, and toiletries. They also gave the two children Mickey Mouse dolls, said spokeswoman Ashley Studley.