Multiple homes were on fire this morning on Washburn Street in New Bedford.

Twenty-seven people were displaced from three structures and one person was transported to the hospital as the result of the Thanksgiving Day fire, authorities said.

The fire was called in shortly before 10 a.m. A general alarm was called with all crews working in the rain. All off-duty personnel were asked to report to the dense residential neighborhood. Fire was reported coming through the roof at 16 Washburn Street with flames spreading to adjacent buildings.

Fire Chief Paul Coderre told reporters the fire is believed to have been caused from someone deep-frying a turkey.

Mutual aid came from Acushnet, Dartmouth, and Fairhaven. The Red Cross was assisting.

During the fire, thick, heavy smoke was blowing through the near North End and it wafted across Interstate 195. Police had roadways blocked to traffic.

Courtesy Ed Pepin
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