Four Brookline, MA firefighters escaped serious injuries when a room flashed over at a three-alarm fire on the afternoon of April 16.
The fire at 40-42 Harrison St. caused extensive damage, and briefly trapped an elderly disabled man and his son who were home but unaware of the fire. A worker who observed smoke coming from the house is credited for saving their lives. He rushed in when he heard residents might still be in the house.
The firefighters were operating on the second floor when a wall collapsed and a flashover occurred. They were able to escape suffering only minor burns. Two other firefighters were treated for shoulder and back injuries.
Deputy Chief Rob Nelson ordered all firefighters to evacuate the building, and proceed with defensive operations. A collapse zone was also established due to a weakened chimney. The fire took well over 90 minutes to control and firefighters from Boston, Newton and Cambridge also assisted at the scene.