CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --
It is still unclear what caused a raging fire to break out in a Cambridge neighborhood of triple decker homes early Tuesday, forcing dozens of residents out into a rainy, windy night and sending two people to the hospital.
Firefighters battled the fierce blaze fanned by high winds for about four hours after getting two eldery residents out of their Prince Street triple-decker early Tuesday.
The five-alarm blaze broke out in the rear of 27 Prince Street before 4 a.m., and quickly spread, threatening nearby houses in the densely-populated neighborhood.
"I grabbed my coat and my boots and I ran outside," one neighbor said as she stood outside in the rain.
"My daughter woke us up at 3:30 in the morning saying, 'There's a fire next door, get up right now, let's go,'" another man said.
Two people were rescued from the top floor and taken to the hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. Their identities were not immediately released.
"We have two right now at Mt. Auburn, possibly taken to Mass General also. Two injuries. We're not sure of the extent. Residents of the building itself," Cambridge Police spokesman Frank Pasquarello said.
Fire crews said heavy rain and strong winds made battling the blaze difficult as they worked to keep flames from spreading to adjoining buildings.