By Bill Cantwell
---- — HAVERHILL — A family of four was forced out of its home last night by a brush fire that caused damage to a building on Kernwood Avenue, Red Cross officials said.
Ashley Studley, spokeswoman for the Red Cross, said two adults and two children were forced from the home. She said it was unclear whether the building received only smoke damage or fire damage as well.
No identifications of the people involved were available from the Red Cross or the city’s Fire Department.
Fire dispatchers said the blaze was a brush fire and that they were unaware of any residents being affected, but Studley said Red Cross volunteers on the scene told her four people were forced from their home.
She said the Red Cross is paying for the family to stay in a hotel and also providing money for food and toys for the children. The Red Cross also provides items such as toiletries, she said.
The home affected by the fire is at 41 Kernwood Ave. Kernwood Avenue is off Main Street near Smiley School.
The fire began shortly after 8 p.m.
Fire dispatchers said fire officials notified the Red Cross when the blaze was first reported because the large brush fire was near homes.