In the early morning hours of Saturday, April 19, Natick, Massachusetts firefighters battled two 2 alarm fires within three hours.
The first call for an apartment fire came in at 2:10 AM at 46 Silver Hill Lane. Firefighters from Engine 4 arrived on scene to find a fully involved unit on the second floor of a three floor condominium complex. Four people were trapped on their balconies and could not escape via the stairwell.
A second alarm was immediately struck. Firefighters from Engine 4 made an aggressive interior attack through the stairwell into the apartment cutting off the fire spread to the upper floors of the building. Firefighters from Engine 1, Ladder 1 and Ambulance 1 simultaneously rescued the trapped victims on their balconies with the use of ground ladders. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in the apartment. One person received second degree burns to his hand and one firefighter received minor burns to his ear.
As firefighters were cleaning up from this apartment fire another call came into Natick's 911 dispatch center for possible house fire at the corner of Mill and Hartford Streets. The 5:30 AM call brought another second alarm assignment as firefighters arrived to find a 1 1/2 story wood frame cottage well involved.
Firefighters were able to bring this fire under control within an hour but the house received serious damage. No one was injured in this blaze.
Firefighters from Sherborn assisted Natick fire crews at this fire while Wellesley and Framingham units covered Natick during both fires.