As many as 10 families forced out by Sunderland apartment fire

Dozens were evacuated, 1 hurt at Cliffside Apartments

SUNDERLAND, Mass. (WWLP) –  Fire injured one person and forced dozens of people out of 10 apartments at a Route 116 apartment complex in Sunderland Wednesday night.

It is unknown when or if if they’ll be able to go back inside, but several will have to find some place else to stay.

Sunderland Fire Captain Michael Zeoli told 22News the fire started in a 2nd floor kitchen in Building “M” at Cliffside Apartments just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Bulding “M” is the cluster straight back from Route 116.

Every one in Building “M” was forced to get out.

“We made a strong interior attack. Knocked the fire down in about 20 minutes. There is smoke damage in some of the apartments. And there is some water damage,” Captain Zeoli said.

Power was shut off to the ten-apartment cluster, and it’s unknown if any of those people will be allowed back in Wednesday night.  Zeoli said that will be decided by the town building inspector and Cliffside management.

The Red Cross was on site assisting people with temporary shelter and any other personal needs

One man was rushed to the hospital because he’d breathed in smoke.  There was no updated information on their condition.

Building “A” resident Kari Thibault told 22News she was alerted by the fire alarm just after 6:30 p.m. “There was black smoke billowing out from the front, and soon after that it started shooting out of the back.”

Video shot by 22News shows some smoke but no flames.

Capt. Zeoli said they were still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Cliffside Apartments is located at 248 Amherst Road in Sunderland. Amherst Road is also Route 116.