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Early morning blaze on Winthrop Avenue Saturday

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  An early morning four-alarm fire on Winthrop Avenue Saturday displaced 28 residents.

  The Revere Fire Department got the call to 912 Winthrop Ave. shortly after 2:30 a.m. When crews arrived, all the residents of the six-unit wood-framed building had safely evacuated.

The first arriving companies had heavy fire showing in the third floor, extending to the fourth floor of the building, according to Fire Chief Christopher Bright.

  “Firefighters made an aggressive interior attack, knocking down the visible heavy fire,” said Bright. “Unfortunately, the fire had already extended into the void spaces of the third floor ceiling, cock loft, and walls and then up into the fourth floor of the building.”

  By then, deputy command staff arrived at the scene and Bright took command, ordering the firefighters out of the building before a fourth alarm was sounded to bring fresh firefighters to the scene due to the extreme heat and humidity.

  “The fire attack transitioned to an exterior attack as firefighters set up four aerial ladder pipe master streams to cover all four sides to the building,” Bright said.

  After the fire was under control, exterior lines were shut down, and firefighters were ordered back into the building to extinguish the remaining hidden pockets of fire.

  There were no reported injuries to residents or firefighters, and the 28 displaced residents were offered assistance by the Red Cross and the Salvation Army. One resident did suffer an on-scene medical emergency and was taken to the hospital by Cataldo Ambulance, according to the chief.

  The fire was investigated by the Revere Fire Department and State Fire Marshal and the cause is believed to be electrical in the void space in the cock loft above the third floor, according to Bright.

  Companies from Winthrop, Massport, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Cambridge responded with mutual aid to assist at the fire and for station coverage. On-scene firefighters were rehabbed by Cataldo Ambulance and Boston Sparks A-10 Unit.

Firefighters are shown tackling the fire at 912 Winthrop Ave. on Saturday morning.

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