Massachusetts Police Officer Injured in Fire Rescue

A hero Somerville cop was injured when he raced into a three-story duplex engulfed in flames to pull out residents trapped inside, fire officials at the scene said.

A total of three people hurt in the four-alarm fire on Harvard Place were hospitalized last night when the blaze swept through the building, said Thomas P. Champion, director of communications for the city. The fire broke out about 11 p.m. and officials said the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

It quickly jumped to three alarms and the Somerville Fire Department called for assistance from departments in Boston and Everett as well as other surrounding towns.

The Somerville police officer who rushed into the building suffered smoke inhalation, Champion said.

He said the other two occupants who were pulled to safety had similar injuries, though all were expected to recover.

Republished with permission of The Boston Herald.