Mass. Firefighter Saved After Burning Home Collapses

Marshfield Lt. Joseph Kilinowski was found and rescued within minutes.


A Marshfield firefighter had to be rescued after becoming trapped while battling a three-alarm blaze in Scituate, Mass. early Tuesday morning.

Lt. Joseph Kilinowski was located and rescued within minutes following the partial collapse of a two-story home on Central Avenue, where a fire started around 1:25 a.m., according to The Patriot Ledger.

He was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Fire Chief Kevin Robinson told the newspaper that Kilinowski's most significant injuries appear to be burns to his back.

After Marshfield crews responded to the scene as mutual aid, the fire spread to more homes and the home it originated in collapsed around 2:30 a.m.

A Mayday was transmitted and a RIT team was deployed, quickly rescuing the trapped firefighter.

Several other firefighters received minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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