A four-alarm fire Saturday evening in Fall River collapsed a three- story tenament building as a major snow storm was winding down.

Officials said fire crews responded to 140 Irving Street just before 5pm and spent more than four hours at the scene.  A press release from Mayor Paul Coogan's office said flames impacted all three floors of the tenament, and 80% of the building collapsed.

The release went on to say the building sustained "catastrophic damage and is considered a complete loss."  One neighboring home experienced some exposure damage.

Officials say the fire displaced 11 people, seven adults and four children.  All were provided with housing for the night.

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Two firefighters were injured according to the press release, one while trying to force entry within the building, the other during a slip-and-fall outside.  Fall River EMS transported one civilian from a neighboring building who complained of difficulty breathing.

The press release also stated that firefighters were hampered in accessing the fire scene by a disabled and abandoned tow truck on Irving Street, and a plow truck that was stuck on a neighboring street. The plow truck was later removed with assistance.


Information from the Fall River Mayor's Office

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