Massachusetts Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack at Blaze

A firefighter suffered an apparent heart attack working on the roof at a three-alarm fire in a vacant home in Webster on June 4.

Just after 2 a.m., units were called to 54 Negus St. for a dwelling fire. The report came from a police officer who spotted the flames on patrol.

Fire crews arrived to heavy smoke in the neighborhood and found fire on the second floor. The home was charged with smoke and crews began an interior attack.

Two firefighters were working to ventilate the roof of the structure when one collapsed. The aerial device they used to access the roof had mechanical issues and they were unable to exit the roof with it. His partner called a Mayday and crews used a Stokes basket and ropes to remove him from the roof.

As crews removed the downed firefighter, the fire took hold of voids between two ceilings on the second floor. The fire then burned through the roof.

Firefighters used a number of hoselines to control the fire.

Crews from Dudley were called to the scene while Oxford units covered Webster stations.