Boston 3rd Alarm Close Call Fire Video – 16 Injured, Daring Rescues Save Many

Amid Boston fire, daring rescues
Two young children plucked from Mattapan blaze; 16 hurt
By John C. Drake
Globe Staff / November 13, 2007

As a woman screamed from the third-floor balcony of a burning Mattapan three-decker yesterday, a 34-year-old construction worker scaled a post to the second floor balcony and held out his hand to catch the baby she was holding.

14 people injured in Boston fire
Fire races through Boston home, injuring 14 and requiring dramatic rescues of children

In a second dramatic rescue, a Boston firefighter groped his way through black smoke, following the muffled cries of a 2-year-old, before pulling out the child’s limp body and handing him to a fellow firefighter.

At least 16 people were injured yesterday, including a child who was in critical condition last night, in a three-alarm Blue Hill Avenue blaze that officials said was caused by an electrical short circuit in the first-floor apartment just before noon. Six children and three adults in the building, three passersby who stopped to help, and four emergency responders were injured, said Richard Serino, chief of Boston’s Emergency Medical Services…READ MORE