One dead, firefighter injured in early morning Cambridge apartment blaze

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CAMBRIDGE — A three-alarm fire tore through a Chester Street apartment building early this morning, leaving one person dead and causing injuries to a firefighter, authorities said.

The Cambridge Fire Department, Pro EMS, and Cambridge Police were called to the scene at 15 Chester Street after reports of an explosion and heavy fire around 4:41 a.m.

The blaze quickly escalated, prompting a robust response from emergency services.

Upon arrival, firefighters faced a significant challenge battling the flames, which resulted in one fatality.

The victim, who was the sole occupant of the affected unit, was discovered deceased following an aggressive interior attack aimed at controlling the fire in the 40-unit residential building.

During the operations, a Cambridge firefighter sustained non-life-threatening injuries and has been transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The cause of the fire remains unknown at this time and is under investigation.

Approximately 15 residents have been displaced due to the incident.

However, the Red Cross is currently on-site providing assistance to those affected.

Officials have stated that much of the building will be habitable again after cleanup efforts, as the fire was contained to a single unit.

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