A roaring fire destroyed a three-story building Tuesday morning at 287 Palmer Street in New Bedford. According to the New Bedford Fire Department's Facebook page, the fire broke out around 9 a.m.

Firefighters on Engine 6 responded to the blaze after getting fuel in the area and seeing smoke. Several 911 calls were also received.

Upon arrival, the fire had already extended up the exterior wall and into the single-family dwelling. A total of three engines and two ladder trucks responded to the fire.

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One resident was transported by EMS to St. Luke's Hospital for evaluation.

Fire officials say the fire appears to be accidental. The incident is being investigated by the Fire Investigation Unit.

A total of five residents were displaced and received assistance from the American Red Cross. Two dogs, two cats, and birds were recovered from the building and were turned over to Animal Control.

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