PEABODY (CBS) – A Peabody firefighter has died after battling a fire at a multi-family home on Hancock Street.

Peabody Fire Chief Steven Pasdon says James Rice, an 11-year veteran, succumbed to injuries suffered while fighting the blaze.

Pasdon says the 46-year-old was between the first and second floors of the building when he was injured. He says Rice was immediately worked on by paramedics and fire crews.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

“As a Fire Chief I have 100 firefighters that work under me and with me, and I can say that Firefighter James Rice was liked and loved by everybody,” says Pasdon. “He was a popular firefighter and he was also a popular man in the community.”

Rice leaves behind a wife and three children.

peabody2 Firefighter Dies Battling Peabody Apartment Fire

(Photo from Karen Creets)

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan says an investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.

At least 13 people were living in the building at the time. They all escaped without injury.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports

The three-alarm fire started just after 1:30 p.m.

The tragedy comes two weeks after a Worcester firefighter died in the line of duty. Jon Davies and his partner rushed into a burning home believing someone was trapped inside.

Comments (3)
  1. Capt. Bill's daughter says:

    my sympathies to firefighter rice’s immediate family, as well as the members of the peabody fire dept. it has not been a good month for first responders in massachusetts where i lived for 32 years, or ny where i returned 3 yrs ago to help care for my dad (nypd retired – 30+ yrs). final alarm struck, duty complete. rest in peace. too many tears shed, too many good souls taken from their loved ones far too early.

    1. Ellen says:

      Capt. Bill’s daughter I was going to say something here but you said so much more then what I could have posted. Great post, and yes I pray for all firefighters and police who are out there looking out for our welfare. May God be with them all.

  2. njuguna muigai says:

    It is so sad to loose two firefighters in mass in less a month.House fires are so frequent when in america despite house equiped with smoke detectors which are not known in other countries . My research indicates that many fires are results of carelesness. My condolences to the bereaved family

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