CAMBRIDGE — A Sunday morning fire damaged a Cambridge home and the occupants were safely evacuated after a citizen alerted them. A passerby reported the fire in the two story home on the 700 block of Race Street at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.

Cambridge resident Ted Thomas was driving on Race Street on his way to church when he saw heavy black smoke and flames coming from the windows. He told his father, who was riding with him, “I’ve got to go in there and see if anyone is there.”

Thomas said he pulled the air conditioner out of the window and entered the house, and crawled through the heat and fire to a bedroom in the back of the house where he found a woman sleeping. He said he led her to the window, then alerted two other occupants before the heat became too intense and he had to exit the building.

According to the State Fire Marshal’s report, the two alarm fire required 45 firefighters 90 minutes to control. The structure, a two story single family dwelling converted into two apartments — sustained $25,000 of damage, and the fire destroyed contents of the house valued at $5000. Smoke alarms were present and there were no injuries. Rescue Fire Company led multiple other departments in the response.

The Fire Marshal said the fire began in the first floor bedroom, but that the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Lower Eastern Region Office of the State Fire Marshal at 410-713-3780.

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