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    WORCESTER- Five firefighters were injured in a three-alarm blaze that burned through the top of a Perkins Street single-family home for several hours today, according to Deputy Chief Paul Rogacz.

    A family of 10 - husband, wife and eight children - were displaced as the house was completely damaged with the roof collapsing. The fire started in the attic at 12:15 p.m., according to fire officials.
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    As flames rise from the roof of 26 Perkins St., Worcester EMS paramedics Bill Carrier, left, and Linda Hunt help injured Firefighter Michael A. Baer, who was burned on his ears. (T&G Staff / CHRIS CHRISTO)

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    The article says, "30 firefighters" -- this assignment should've been over 40 pushing 50, but I don't doubt a reporter would've done a quick count of 30 or so that they could see.

    Attic fire injures 6 firefighters, leaves 10 homeless

    Roof collapses; firefighters burned

    Chris Echegaray
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    WORCESTER- Six firefighters were injured yesterday in a three-alarm blaze that burned through the roof of a Perkins Street single-family home for several hours, according to Deputy Chief Paul A. Rogacz.

    A family of 10 - husband, wife and eight children - was displaced when the house at 26 Perkins St. was heavily damaged, with the roof collapsing. The fire started in the attic at 12:15 p.m., according to fire officials.

    The owner, John LeDoux, was at home with his 4-year-old daughter when they noticed the fire. They left the house unharmed, officials said. Mr. LeDoux's wife and their seven other children were not home at the time.

    Nicole Valentine of the American Red Cross said the family will be provided with emergency shelter, food and clothing. Five Red Cross volunteers also provided canteen service for emergency officials.

    Fire officials said the six injured firefighters were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

    Two firefighters, including Michael A. Baer, suffered second-degree burns. Firefighter Baer's burns were to his ears, according to Deputy Chief Rogacz. Another firefighter suffered dehydration, and the others had debris fall in their eyes, according to fire officials.

    The identities of five of the injured firefighters were not available last night. All were treated and released, according to District Fire Chief Ronald A. DeFusco.

    The cause of the fire, which caused an estimated $100,000 damage, was not known yesterday and will be investigated by the Fire Prevention Bureau.

    More than 30 firefighters battled the blaze, which was difficult to reach. Trees, snow and ice-covered ground at the hilly location off Lincoln Street near Green Hill Park obstructed firefighters' efforts. Some firefighters were slipping and falling on the slick sidewalks.

    Chief Rogacz said the fire "was heavy in the entire attic. The thick planks and the lack of access to it made it difficult. We are rotating crews. The guys are tired and spent."

    Jose Lopez of Forbes Street said the fire was visible from his window a block away.

    "I'm looking out the window and I see all this smoke," he said. "Then I see the whole roof is on fire."

    Yellow ladders were placed on the side of the house with firefighters on the second floor of the home. From the inside and outside, firefighters sprayed water on the roof and in the attic, but the fire was difficult to extinguish. It took firefighters about 45 minutes to bring it under control.

    Fire Chief Gerard A. Dio, who had heard the call on his way back from a conference, went to the fire and monitored the Fire Department's movement. There were 13 fire crews, including four ladder companies, eight engine companies and the Rescue Squad.

    Firefighters momentarily lost water pressure. The Department of Public Works quickly diverted water to provide more pressure.

    Residents of the neighborhood stood outside their homes gazing at the fire. Some went over to LeDoux family members to offer their support. LeDoux family members declined to speak with a reporter.

    Police blocked off Windsor, Perkins and Forbes streets as firetrucks set up in front of the large 2-story house.

    Edward J. Canty of the Telegram & Gazette staff contributed to this report.
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