Fire damages elderly housing complex in Orange

The fire began in an overheated ventilation system

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ORANGE, Mass. (WWLP) – The residents of a fire damaged Franklin County elderly housing complex are okay and will soon be back in their apartments.

The senior citizens affected by the fire lived in building “A” of the Orange Housing Authority’s Colonial Acres complex on East River Street.

Orange firefighter Mark Vitelli told 22News, the fire began in an overheated ventilation system and caused thousands of dollars in damage.

Muriel Hunt was in her apartment when the fire started.

“I was I got up early I didn’t get back to bed, got up again somebody rang the buzzer and said smoke and there’s a lady in building five she came to help me out,” said Hunt. 

Orange Housing Authority Executive Director Christie Martin told 22News, she would hope the seven tenants affected by the fire can be back in their apartments as soon as possible.

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