2 hospitalized, dozens displaced after Dorchester fire
DORCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- Two people were rushed to the hospital after a fire broke out in triple-decker building on Sunday.
People living inside ran out to safety, but there were two people left on the third floor.
“He just kept screaming he couldn’t hang on, he couldn’t hang on. And he had his little dog with him. His brother is paralyzed from the waist down so his brother couldn’t walk so he didn’t want to leave his brother up there so they tried to get him down and get the other ladder up from the back with his brother,” said a witness.
Fire crews quickly rescued those victims and worked to put out the fire.
Fire officials said the fast-moving fire started in the basement.
“They start in the basement, and they’re literally on all three floors in about 10 minutes. It’s difficult because we have to work our way from the basement to the first, the second to the third. So we went to three alarms because you need enough man power to get up there and search every floor as quickly as possible,” said District Chief Jay Fleming, Boston Fire Dept.
Residents were transported by a bus and the Red Cross is looking for somewhere for them to stay now that their building is badly damaged.
The cause of the fire is unknown and currently under investigation.