BOSTON (CBS) — Four firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries while battling a three-alarm fire Friday night at a house in the Brighton neighborhood.
The blaze started around 7 p.m. at a two-and-a-half-story home on Perthshire in the Oak Square section of the city, according to the Boston Fire Department Twitter account.
“I could see a bunch of firefighters up on the roof with their flashlights and everything,” says witness Brendon McLaughlin. “I could see that there was a lot of smoke inside, and I could see that there were a lot of them up there.”
At least one personal alarm was sounding, and crews worried some of their own were trapped in the attic.
“Member in the attic. Saw light go off. (There’s) high heat (and) we’re having trouble getting in there,” said a firefighter in the recorded mayday call obtained by WBZ-TV.
Gerard Fontana, chief of operations, told WBZ “If you stand still, if you don’t move for 30 seconds, the alarms signifies that you may be in some type of trouble.”
After several tense moments, everyone was accounted for. Firefighters were able to put it out in just under an hour.
No residents were hurt, and the hurt firefighters were taken to the hospital.
Seven adults were displaced, fire officials say, and the American Red Cross is helping five of them.
Fire investigators say the cause was “careless disposal of (a) smoking material,” and it started in the rear section of the second floor.
WBZ-TV’s Julie Loncich contributed to this report.