Sun/Hiroko Sato The early morning fire at 17 and 19 Third Avenue in Lowell left 11 people homeless. Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our Smugmug
Sun/Hiroko Sato The early morning fire at 17 and 19 Third Avenue in Lowell left 11 people homeless.

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LOWELL -- Eleven people are left homeless after an early morning fire caused heavy damage to a house in a Pawtucketville neighborhood.

The fire broke out about 2:45 a.m. in the basement of a Colonial at 17 and 19 Third Ave., which has five apartment units. Deputy Fire Chief Robert Destrempe said he did not know if any residents were injured in the fire. No firefighters were hurt. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The fire started in the basement and spread to the third floor through the walls, according to Destrempe. The fire caused particularly heavy damage to the rear of the house. All five units are inhabitable, Destrempe said.

Volunteers for the Red Cross of Massachusetts responded around 4:30 a.m. to assist the residents. The Red Cross is providing all of them with emergency shelter and emergency funds for food. Some families will also receive emergency funds for clothing and winter coats.

Firefighters were still on the scene about 9 a.m. Thursday.

For more on this story, see Friday's Sun or visit http://www.lowellsun.com.


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