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Two found dead after early morning fire in New Bedford

An early morning fire that tore through two buildings in New Bedford Monday caused two deaths and displaced approximately 40 people, city officials said. The flames began in one mixed-use building on Acushnet Avenue after midnight and spread to a second building before firefighters could get them under control. The fire department said the identities of the deceased will not be released until next of kin are notified.Mayor Jon Mitchell said the city, Red Cross and the Salvation Army are offering services to those who were displaced. “I wish to express my deepest sympathy for the families of the victims, along with the many residents and businesses that were displaced by the fire,” Mitchell wrote in a statement. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

An early morning fire that tore through two buildings in New Bedford Monday caused two deaths and displaced approximately 40 people, city officials said.

The flames began in one mixed-use building on Acushnet Avenue after midnight and spread to a second building before firefighters could get them under control.

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The fire department said the identities of the deceased will not be released until next of kin are notified.

Mayor Jon Mitchell said the city, Red Cross and the Salvation Army are offering services to those who were displaced.

“I wish to express my deepest sympathy for the families of the victims, along with the many residents and businesses that were displaced by the fire,” Mitchell wrote in a statement.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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