Massachusetts Rescue 12 From Triple-Decker Blaze

A dozen people were rescued from a massive fire in Brockton early Thursday morning.

NewsCenter 5's Angelica Thornton reported that flames broke out in a triple-decker on Montello Street just before 6 a.m.

Witnesses said people trapped by the flames and smoke jumped to safety. A baby was dropped to a rescuer below.

"There was flames coming out through the windows when I entered the house," said Russell Reynolds.

Reynolds was on is way to work when he saw smoke coming from the building.

"My adrenaline was high -- to hear the screams from the people to get them out of the house," he said.

Reynolds said he yelled for everyone to get out, but the first and second floors were already engulfed. He said he saw man and three children in a second floor window gasping for air.

"He was holding the baby, swinging her in the air. I said, 'Let go of the baby, drop the baby, I got the baby.' And he just looked down through the smoke and he just dropped her and I got the baby perfect," Reynolds said.

Reynolds caught three girls, and several other people were rescued by firefighters. In all, 12 people were sent to the hospital.

"It is not an experience that I would ever want to go through again," Reynolds said.

"He is a savior. He was a godsend," one resident said of Reynolds.

State police arson investigators were called to the scene after an accelerant was detected around the building.

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