Heavy winds hamper fire crews battling blaze at multi-family homes in Salem

Firefighters rushed to battle a raging, multi-alarm blaze that spread to at least three buildings –two of them multi-family homes — in Salem Monday.

Winds gusting at about 20 to 25 miles per hour and the proximity of the structures posed a challenge for the crews trying to contain the fire on Hancock Street.

‘The buildings are what you call triple deckers, all combustible wood – the fire is traveling very quickly,” said Salem Fire Lt. Peter Schaeublin. “Wind has been an issue for us … it’s been very difficult to get to the seat of the fire.”

SKY7 HD flew over the scene where heavy flames could be seen shooting out of the rear roof of the homes and thick black smoke billowing into the air.

So far, it’s unclear whether anyone was injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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