Prompt action by New Bedford Firefighters Tuesday helped prevent some major fire damage at a three-decker on Adams Street.  The fire broke out around mid-day at 63 Adams.

Chief Michael Gomes credits a quick response by Engine Seven from the Durfee Street Station with keeping damage to a minimum.  He says if Engine Seven arrived two minutes later, the fire would have been much further along.

"The suspended ceiling had dropped, exposing all of the ceiling joists and the fire would have had lateral movement throughout the building from that point on," said Gomes.  The Chief added, "the fact that Engine Seven was there so quickly really paid positive dividends."

There were no injuries reported.  An occupant smelled smoke and got everyone out of the tenament by the time firefighters arrived.

Officials say the house was built in 1900 and is owned by Ronald Oliveira of Acushnet.