BOSTON (AP) - Ninety firefighters battled a house fire in the
city's Charlestown section early Wednesday morning that sent two
residents and nine firefighters to hospitals with various injuries.
"It took a couple of hours before we finally were able to
control it," Boston Fire Department spokesman Lt. Richard Powers
said.
The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. in a three-story building on
a narrow street, Powers said.
Two women in their late 20s, their landlord, who was in his 40s,
and his son were in the building when the fire started. The women,
who lived on the first floor, saw flames coming under the door of
their bedroom and escaped through the front window with the help of
a neighbor.
The landlord and his son, who occupied the second and third
floors, escaped through a skylight. They walked across the roof of
an adjacent building and were assisted by a relative who lived
nearby.
The men were both taken to Massachusetts General Hospital, where
they were treated for burns.
Eight firefighters were also taken to Mass General, while one
was at Boston Medical Center. Their injuries included a pinched
nerve, neck and back injuries, chest pains and shortness of breath,
Powers said.
He said the damage to the home was estimated at $500,000.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

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