FRANKLIN — Alexis Martin peered from a sliding glass door in her first-floor condominium on Monday afternoon and saw debris on fire falling from above.
“My first thought was to grab the animals and get out of there,” said Martin, a two-year resident of the Franklin Crossing condominium complex. “It was terrifying.”
A three-alarm fire tore through one of the buildings of the complex off Rte. 140, near Interstate 495, but all residents were able to escape unharmed.
The blaze ignited in a third-floor unit and spread to an adjoining building due to high winds, said Battalion Chief Chuck Allen.
“The winds were very difficult being on the hill here,” he said.
Firefighters received the alarm around 2:15 p.m. and saw flames shooting from the roof when they arrived on scene. Smoke could be seen from nearby I-495 and Rte. 140.
Firefighters managed to save a couple of animals from the burning building, said Allen.
“They made a valiant effort,” the battalion chief said.
It took firefighters a little more than two hours to get the blaze under control. Crews from Franklin, Medway, Plainville, Wrentham, Bellingham and Milford were still at the scene early Monday evening. The fire alarm system was working, said Allen.
The building in which the blaze started — which houses 12 units — is a total loss. There was smoke and water damage to several other nearby units, according to Allen.
Fire officials are unsure what caused the blaze.
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