1 Dead, 35 Displaced In Apartment Building Fire - NECN

1 Dead, 35 Displaced In Apartment Building Fire

3 Revere, Mass. firefighters were injured; The Red Cross is assisting



    The Revere, Massachusetts Fire Department confirms one person was killed and about 35 others were displaced after a fire burned through a multi-family home Saturday night. (Published Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014)

    A fast-moving fire engulfed a four-story building Saturday night in Revere, Massachusetts. A 64-year-old man who was inside was unable to escape.

    Susan Goti was outside with the man's roommate, watching helplessly.

    "All night long, he kept saying, 'You have to bring me in the house, you got to bring me back in the house, I have to get Georgie,'" she said.

    Neighbors say the two men, both Vietnam veterans, lived in a third-floor apartment. Artie, they say, made it out of the fire. Georgie did not.

    "He was crying and screaming, knowing that his roommate was inside," said Claudia Dias. "It was very upsetting for all of us.

    Dias says the victim was a friendly guy who always said "Hello" during morning walks to Dunkin Donuts.

    "It's tough for all of our neighbors, because it's a very close community here, we know everybody," said Dias.

    Investigators say the fire started on the third story, destroying the top two floors.

    Sunday, crews were back, boarding up the building. Thirty-five people are now being helped by the Red Cross.

    The cause here is still being looked into, although the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office says early evidence suggests that this fire was not intentionally set.

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