Two killed in East Boston fire

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May 29, 2010, 7:18 pm
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(NECN: Tom Langford, East Boston, Mass.) - When firefighters got to a three family triple decker at around 2:40 Saturday morning, heavy smoke was pouring out the front and flames were shooting out the back.

They ran into the raging fire trying to rescue the people still trapped inside. There were 11 adults and two children inside when the fire began.

"There were about ten firemen up on the ceiling trying to break the ceiling, there were firemen in the back, there were ones breaking the windows up front and there were hoses going all over the place," witness Antoine Castro Del Rio said.

Boston Fire Spokesman Steve MacDonald said, "On the third floor they found a woman in thick smoke suffering from cardiac arrest, they immediately took her down the rear fire escape. Firefighters also found two other adult males suffering from severe burns and also smoke inhalation and then firefighters found on the first floor an adult make who had died in the fire."

Witnesses say the injuries were horrifying.

"It was quite sad, the man being ambulanced out, you could see his burns, they put a blanket over him and you could actually see the burns through the blanket," said Castro Del Rio.

The two men and one woman rescued from the burning building were rushed to the hospital along with another man who had suffered from smoke inhalation.

Despite the heroic rescue which left a firefighter injured, the female died at the hospital.

MacDonald says many of the eleven adults and two children living here at 64 Gove Street were able to get out safely thanks to some good samaritans.

"We have reports of some people knocking on doors and things like that but with a large number of people living on three separate floors it was a little chaotic," said MacDonald.

MacDonald says crews as the flames knocked down quickly, trying to protect the neighboring apartments which are just inches away.

"Anytime in East Boston it's important to get there quick because the houses are so close together," said MacDonald.

Damages are estimated at $250,000.

Fire investigators were on scene much of the day trying to locate the origin of the fire and determine the cause.

Tags: Fire, East Boston, Tom Langford
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