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Revere

Fire at Garfield Avenue building displaces 20

Twenty people were displaced when a one-alarm fire heavily damaged a three-story apartment complex in Revere Sunday evening, Revere Fire Deputy James Cullen said.

The families on the first two floors of the building at 75 Garfield Ave. safely evacuated, he said. The third-floor residents, a family of five, were not home at the time of the fire, he said.

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Cullen said heavy smoke was visible inside the third-floor unit when firefighters arrived around 4:30 p.m., but they were able to put out most of the fire in a half-hour.

“This could have been a serious fire with the heavy wind,” Cullen said, “But every one did a good job and we were able to put the fire out quickly.”

Cullen estimated the fire caused about $100,000 in damages to the third floor where the fire is believed to have started, while the first and second floors were damaged by water and smoke.

The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts provided the 15 adults and five children with temporary hotel stays as well as food, clothing and toiletries, a Red Cross spokeswoman said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by Revere firefighters.

Mary Pavlu can be reached at mary.pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @marypavlu.
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