Methuen firefighter rescues family from burning home
METHUEN, Mass. (WHDH) -- Fire fighters raced to the rescue as a house set on fire in Methuen, saving a 13-month-old and his parents.
“Coming down the street you could see the whole house, I mean it was heavy black smoke everywhere,” said one fire department official.
13-month-old David Rivera and his family were forced out of the home by heavy flames and thick smoke.
“We had gotten a report that people were trapped,” said Dep. Chief Dennis Fragala of the Methuen Fire Department.
They were stranded on their roof as the fire continued to grow.
“Those people were on the roof longer than they wanted to be already,” said Fragala.
But Methuen firefighter, Mark Fiorentini took the role of hero early Wednesday morning.
“Mark Fiorentini...climbed up the ladder and screamed at the woman to give him the baby first and he took the baby down, handed the baby off. [Then] went back and got the woman down and then went back and got the father down,” said Fragala.
Both David and his mother suffered minor injuries but are expected to make a full recovery.
“They don’t think they’re heroes. I talked to Mark Fiorentini and basically he said, ‘I didn’t do anything special. I did what I had to do,’” said Asst. Chief Mike Jamel of the Methuen Fire Department.
Investigators think a discarded cigarette sparked some nearby brush on the outside of the home.
The family is just thankful for the fire responders who helped save them.