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The Cambridge Fire Department

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Dryer Fires in the News, House Fires caused by lint buildup and dirty dryers, vents, ducts, Smoke [cached]

The fire spread into the walls of the building, according to Deputy Fire Chief John Gelinas, but firefighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to the top level.

The building contains retail on the first floor, and apartments on the second and third floors.
All occupants were evacuated. Gelinas said a total of 12 residents have been displaced temporarily for the next two days while the building is inspected.
No injuries were reported. Cause of the fire has been deemed accidental. Damages have been estimated at $125,000.
Gelinas said dryer fires are not an uncommon occurrence

The flames extended into the walls ... [cached]

The flames extended into the walls and up to the third floor, according to Deputy Fire Chief John Gelinas.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
"Right now there's nothing that indicates arson," Gelinas said.
Gelinas said three Cambridge firefighters were sent to the hospital, one suffering from a sprained ankle, one with a back injury, and another with a cut hand. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
The estimated damage is $50,000.
Gelinas said while at the scene, firefighters were able to rescue a number of pets from the home including a hamster and "at least two ferrets."

Also present were City Manager Robert ... [cached]

Also present were City Manager Robert W. Healy, Deputy City Manager Richard Rossi, Police Commissioner Ronnie Watson, Police Superintendent David Degou, Deputy Superintendent Michael Walsh, Deputy Chief of Operations John Gelinas, Cambridge Fire Department, Deputy Burns, Cambridge Fire Department, George Fosque, Director of Emergency Communications, Ken Pitts, Emergency Communications, Donald Drisdell, City Solicitor, Susan Rasmussen, Director of Environmental and Transportation Planning, Community Development Department, and Alan Burne, Project Manager for the Cambridge Public Library.

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John Gelinas, Deputy Fire Chief, Cambridge Fire Department; Cambridge, MA

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Late yesterday, fire officials had not determined the cause of the explosion, but Cambridge Deputy Fire Chief John Gelinas said gas valves in the fourth-floor laboratory were turned on for tests at the time.

The explosion blew out much of one wall on the brick building's fourth floor facing Bent Street and sent the ceiling and ventilators on the third and fourth floors crashing down.
"Pressure from the explosion pushed through the building and pushed the building out," Gelinas said.

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