PLUCKED FROM LYNN IN­FERNO

Dozen res­i­dents saved by fire­fight­ers

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By MATT STOUT — matthew.stout@boston­her­ald.com

Three Lynn fire­fight­ers were in­jured while pluck­ing at least a dozen res­i­dents from a burn­ing apart­ment build­ing early yes­ter­day morn­ing, pulling them from win­dows and fire es­capes as a roar­ing, three-alarm fire raged in­side, a city fire of­fi­cial said.

None of the 40 res­i­dents was in­jured in the blaze, which ripped through the top floors and at­tic of the 12-unit Kings­ley Ter­race build­ing about 5:30 a.m., as many peo­ple slept, ac­cord­ing to Dis­trict Chief Stephen Archer.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were still try­ing to de­ter­mine how and where the fire started be­fore it filled the build­ing’s stair­wells with thick smoke, which blocked res­i­dents from es­cap­ing, Archer said. Fire­fight­ers used lad­ders to reach 12 to 15 res­i­dents in the up­per-floor win­dows, in ad­di­tion to pulling a hand­i­capped man from a win­dow on the first floor, he said.

“Our guys did a fan­tas­tic job get­ting to them and get­ting them out of the build­ing,” Archer told the Her­ald. “The con­di­tions had de­te­ri­o­rated so quickly with the smoke and heat, they needed to come out through the win­dows.”

Three fire­fight­ers suf­fered what Archer called mi­nor in­juries, in­clud­ing two who went to the hos­pi­tal with shoul­der and an­kle in­juries.

One res­i­dent — the man res­cued from the first floor — was also taken to the hos­pi­tal as pre­cau­tion, he said.

Of­fi­cials didn’t have a cost es­ti­mate on the dam­age, but Archer called it “ex­ten­sive.” About two dozen peo­ple were work­ing with the Red Cross to find tem­po­rary hous­ing, though Archer said the 40 res­i­dents dis­placed by the blaze “won’t be back in the build­ing any­time soon.”

And though the fire also drove sev­eral peo­ple from an at­tached apart­ment build­ing, Archer said he ex­pected they would be able to re­turn to their homes.

COURTESY PHOTOS, TOP RIGHT, BY BOS­TON BOARD UP; TOP LEFT, BY KIM TUNNICLIFFE/WBZ RA­DIO; HER­ALD PHOTO, ABOVE, BY RICK NOHL

A DAN­GER­OUS BLAZE: Fire­fight­ers, top right, work on the roof of a Kings­ley Ter­race apart­ment build­ing in Lynn yes­ter­day morn­ing af­ter res­cu­ing at least a dozen res­i­dents from the rapidly de­vel­op­ing fire. At top left, a res­i­dent holds her dog af­ter be­ing driven out of their home by the blaze. Fire­fight­ers, above, are seen at the scene of the three-alarm blaze.

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