Members of the Auburn Fire Investigation Unit inspect the inside of the apartment on Federal Hill Rd. Photo courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue Dept.

Members of the Auburn Fire Investigation Unit inspect the inside of the apartment on Federal Hill Rd. Photo courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue Dept.

At 1:49 pm Sunday afternoon the Auburn Fire Rescue Department received a call from a tenant at 45 Federal Hill Rd. reporting a possible fire in the six unit apartment building. Engine 1 from the West St. station arrived first and forced entry into number 42 which was located in the basement.  The occupants of number 42 were not home at the time of the fire.

The other five apartments in the building were searched and many of the residents were not home. No injuries were reported. Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said that the first arriving companies who were on scene within minutes of the first call made an outstanding stop of the fire. “The first arriving companies stretched the initial line and kept the fire contained to the one apartment. They did a great job”, Coleman said.

The Auburn Fire Investigation Unit was on scene investigating the cause of the two alarm fire. It is still under investigation although it does not appear to be suspicious. The Red Cross was called to assist the occupants of the affected apartment. The residents of number 42 have been displaced although the occupants of the other five units returned to their homes after the fire rescue department cleared the scene.

At 4:15 pm Sunday while the Auburn Fire Rescue Department was still clearing the scene of a two alarm fire on Federal

Photo courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue Dept.

Photo courtesy Auburn Fire Rescue Dept.

Hill Rd., they received a call for an accident involving a car versus motorcycle on Southbridge St. in front of J. Anthony’s Grill.

Crews arrived to find the motorcycle lying on the ground next to the car in the eastbound travel lane. The operator of the motorcycle was quickly

transported to UMASS hospital University campus with serious injuries. Traffic in both directions on Southbridge St. was delayed for approximately a half hour while crews cleared the accident.