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Haverhill

May 8, 2014

'A total inferno'

Woman, baby jump to safety as fire engulfs building

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“I think everybody got out safely,’’ Feind said as she watched firefighters from two ladder trucks pour water on the roof and walls of the building in an effort to keep flames from spreading. She said her three cats were still in her apartment.

Stamos said he searched for the cats before leaving the building, but could not find them.

“I left the door open in hopes they would run out,” Stamos said. “I asked multiple firefighters to let me back in, but they said part of the building collapsed and it wasn’t safe.”

Feind said it looked as though her apartment might have received smoke and water damage. She was worried that baby items such as a car seat, crib, dresser and clothing might all be destroyed.

“Our main concern was for our baby’s safety,” Feind said.

Charlene Burrows of 25B Forest Acres Drive lives in a building a few hundred feet from the structure that burned.

“I just heard a lot of commotion,” she said.

She said a firefighter told her and other residents of her building that “we had to evacuate.” Her friend, Amy Delle Chiaie of 25A Forest Acres Drive, who lives across the hall from her, said, “I heard an ambulance.” She said she figured one of the residents had become ill and had to be taken to the hospital. Then she saw the smoke and heard firefighters and police officers ordering people to get out of their buildings.

“Make sure you mention that the Red Cross gave us water,” Burrows said.

Resident Kyle Fitzgerald was getting ready to head to his job at Haverhill Beef company when he heard people yelling inside his building.

“My next-door neighbor (Amanda Feind) knocked on my door and I grabbed my cat and my keys and raced outside,” he said.

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