BRAINTREE (CBS) – A four-alarm fire at an elderly housing complex in Braintree left more than a dozen residents homeless on Sunday morning.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

The blaze started around 2:30 a.m. in a mulchy area outside the building and it quickly spread to all three floors.

In all, 16 assisted living residents at Grove Manor Estates had to be rescued from their burning apartment, which was no easy task for firefighters.

Some residents have Alzheimers, while others can’t get around at all. As a result, firefighters had to carry some of the residents down three flights of stairs.

braintreefire2web Firefighters Rescue 16 Assisted Living Residents From Braintree Fire

The fire broke out at the Grove Manor Estates early Sunday morning.

“A bunch of residents were lying on the floor immobilized. We found many of them lying on their beds in smoke-filled rooms immobilized. So, we did an extensive, multi-room search-and-rescue and evacuation,” said Dep. Fire Chief Dan MacDonald of the Braintree Fire Department.

Jack Morris, one of the residents who was rescued, is thankful he’s still alive.

“I don’t think I’d have made it without him. He grabbed a hold of me, and I grabbed him too,” said Morris.

Comments (9)
  1. Rhonda says:

    Where Was The” STAFF”?. I Thought There Was To Be, At Assisted Living Complexes.I Am Very Proud Of Our Firefighters For The Heroic Efforts,They Do What They Can Bless You All.

    . Rhonda

    1. aj says:

      Last time I checked assisted livings don’t have fire trucks and ladders. It’s pretty hard to rescue people, never mind that their elderly, from three floors. Overnights is probably staffed with one cna and maybe a nurse for 50 residents. More importantly everyone got out safe and both the staff and firefighters did a great job.

    2. Pam says:

      ALF are not required to have lic. Staff 24/7….there probably was one to two CNA/HHA per floor…..they did the job they were suppose to, remove those in immediate danger and close all doors….they evacuate on the command of the FD which owns the situation once on scene. Nice job Braintree Fire.

  2. Terri says:

    That’s a good question Rhonda!!!! Rock on BFD!!!

  3. Chris says:

    they were there Rhonda and they did a great job too… as did the police department and ambulance crews…

  4. Cathy says:

    Any idea of the CAUSE of this fire???? It seems the angels were looking down and protecting the firefighters and residents both!!! Thank goodness the outcome was not the tragedy it might have been!!!! Good job, BFD!!!!

  5. Joan Hogan says:

    My question Is where was the Security personnel ? If they do not have such then
    they should hire someone. I also hope they have security cameras for the Residents safety and maybe a clue as to what happened. ,God bless all of you.

  6. Michele says:

    Why do people assume the worst? There was no mention in the article about there being a lack of staff assistance or lack of security. People are so quick to criticize.

  7. emom says:

    A mulch pile was the cause of the fire,, HHMMM,, have to wonder if a lit cigarette tossed into the mulch was the cause. Why do people seem to do that, I know that happened to a restaurant , a careless flick of a cigarette and a fire broke out,, Thank god all got out… Lets hope it never happens again.

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