MA Firefighters Rescue Woman in 5-Alarm Blaze

Crews from 12 communities were called in to battle the large fire that broke out in a multi-family home in Rockland early Thursday, displacing 20 residents.

The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, Mass.
Firefighters rescued a woman from the third story of a multi-family house in Rockland, MA, after a five-alarm blaze broke out early Thursday.
Firefighters rescued a woman from the third story of a multi-family house in Rockland, MA, after a five-alarm blaze broke out early Thursday.
Joe Difazio | The Patriot Ledger

ROCKLAND, MA—A woman was rescued early Thursday from a five-alarm fire in a multi-family home in Rockland.

Crews were called at midnight to 20 East Water St. The victim was found on the third floor of the building and taken out by Rockland firefighters and police officers.

Rockland Fire Chief Scott Duffey said one of the challenge firefighters faced was staffing. When the first engine arrived there were only three firefighters, which required personnel to call a fifth alarm.

Crews from 12 communities were brought in to fight the fire that officials believe started in a second floor bedroom.

The American Red Cross said they are helping about 20 people who were displaced by the fire. The victim was taken to the hospital and is said to be in good condition.

Officials said fire started in a kitchen in the building and was accidental.

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