Fall River apartment fire displaces dozens; building to be demolished


FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Fire crews stayed on scene overnight of a fire sparked by a car crashing into an apartment building. 

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, the single-car crash took place around 9:40 a.m. Tuesday at Four Winds Apartments on North Main Street.

Fire officials say a natural gas line ruptured when the car crashed into a boiler room.

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Although the fire was extinguished Tuesday afternoon, crews were called back to the scene around 8 p.m. after flames rekindled. They remained on scene overnight to monitor for any hotspots to ensure the fire stayed out.

Upon initially arriving to the scene, fire crews found Judith Mauretti, 72, deceased in the car that hit the apartment building. 

According to the DA’s office, a second person of the vehicle, a 75-year-old woman, is currently in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital.

Several firefighters were also injured, but are expected to recover.

No residents were hurt, but several are now without a home. Some residents lost everything and are worried about their pets.

“The fire alarm scared them too bad, we couldn’t get them in time,” said one resident, Bill Driscoll. “It was filling with smoke. Just praying that they’re okay.”

The Fall River Firefighters Wives Association has set up a GoFundMe page for the fire victims. The group is also accepting gift cards and monetary donations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fall River Fire Headquarters located at 140 Commerce Drive. No household goods or clothing are not being accepted at this time.

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