Suspicious 3-Alarm Mass. Fire Injures Firefighter


A three-alarm fire on Bellingham Street in Chelsea early Friday morning is being called suspicious.

All the residents, including a family with two young children, got out safely. Fire officials believe the blaze may have started in a second-floor hallway.

Danny Connorus's mother lives on the second floor.

"She called me on the cell hysterical. I couldn't really understand what she was saying, but she was saying everything was gone," he said.

Family members said two tenants and a firefighter were treated for smoke inhalation.

"Oh my God. I broke down. I mean, the whole second floor was on fire," said Nina Burgos, who escaped with her 9-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is being considered suspicious.

"Just the time of day, it stared early this morning. Couple of other things that we can't talk about right now. But we have some reports from the occupants that leads us to believe that this fire is suspicious," said Chelsea Deputy Fire Chief John Quatiery.

There are also concerns about the building's smoke detectors.

"They didn't go off at all," Burgos said.

Most of the residents said they will be staying with relatives.

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