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Fire on Crescent Drive Leaves 11 Apartments Uninhabitable

Firefighters battled a blaze that began in a lower apartment unit in a building on Crescent Drive shortly before midnight on Sunday.

Andover fire officials say that 11 apartments in a building on Crescent Drive will be uninhabitable for at least two weeks due to a fire late Sunday night.

Deputy Fire Chief Al DelDotto said that firefighters responded to the Crescent Drive fire at approximately 11:38 p.m. Sunday night. Upon arrival, firefighters saw flames coming from one lower apartment in the 12-unit apartment building.

DelDotto said the fire was under control within a half-hour.

Firefighters, led by Deputy Chief Kevin Conners, also saved two individuals from the building that could not escape on their own; one through a balcony with a ladder and the other was carried from a second floor apartment downstairs to the exit.

The Red Cross responded to the scene, according to spokeswoman Kat Powers. They provided emergency shelter (hotel rooms) and funds for food for three residents at the apartments.

The majority of the residents there left the scene and stayed with family or friend, according to Powers.

The apartment building sustained significant smoke and heat damage in the apartment where the fire originated as well as smoke and heat damage throughout the building, varying depending on the proximity to the fire's origin.

The fire was contained to one apartment.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Andover Fire Department.

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