LOWELL -- As firefighters responded to a first alarm fire on Jewett Street in Centralville Tuesday morning, emergency crews also found themselves helping out in a large motor vehicle crash involving four cars on the next street over.

On West 6th Street, four cars were stacked up against one another at the intersection with Jewett Street and appeared to have collided into one another halting for traffic ahead. Police on scene could not confirm the circumstances and a police supervisor could not immediately be reached for comment.

At least two ambulances were on scene for injuries, and one female passenger of a car was placed into a neck brace.

At 48 Jewett St.

, in bone-chilling weather with temperature around -3 degrees, firefighters worked to put out flames inside the walls of a single-family home there. The homeowner wept on the street as two neighbors held her - she told them her mother was also staying with her at the time.

Deputy Fire Chief Robert Destrempe said Lowell firefighters found the flames started in the cellar of the home, and quickly moved up to the first and second floors through the walls. Destrempe said there were no injuries and noted the occupants of the home made it out safely before the call came in at about 7:30 a.m. He estimated there was a value of about $30,000 to $35,000 of damage at the home.

"This was a good stop," he added. "It could have been a lot worse. The guys did a heck of a job."

One firefighter marching over from Jewett Street to the West Sixth scene told a reporter in passing it was a "busy morning."

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