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FFs Rescue 'Hysterical' Woman Dangling from Window

FFs Rescue 'Hysterical' Woman Dangling from Window

A Somerville firefighter battles a three-alarm blaze yesterday. Video Screen Capture: Somerville Fire Dept

The Boston Herald via YellowBrix

June 28, 2010

SOMERVILLE, MA – A hysterical woman, trapped by fast-moving fire and heavy smoke in her third-floor Somerville apartment last night, was rescued by jakes who climbed a ladder to her window and rushed her out to a hospital.

Somerville Fire Deputy Jack Memory, one of the first firefighters on Glenwood Street for the triple-decker, three-alarm blaze, said he saw the woman hanging from the window yelling, “Get me out! Get me out!”

“The smoke was so thick, one minute I could see her face, the next minute I didn’t see her. There was lots of fire,” Memory said.

The unidentified woman was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with smoke inhalation. A Somerville firefighter was sent to the same hospital suffering from heat exhaustion, according to Somerville Lt. Robert Wilker.

Ninety firefighters from Medford, Boston, Chelsea and Cambridge assisted Somerville firefighters in combating the fire.

The blaze was so fierce it melted the siding on a neighboring home.

Neighbor Nate Wellman, 27, said he saw a man run to the back of the house and try to kick down a rear door. As the fire raged, the man came out front coughing and yelled to firefighters that the woman was on the third floor.

“I don’t know what could have caused that much fire so fast,” Wellman said.

Another neighbor, Ryan Fitzgerald, 31, said he could feel the heat in his living room and saw firefighters bringing out a woman who was “walking and coughing.”

Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher said the cause of the blaze, which was reported around 6:30 p.m., remains under investigation but is believed to have started on an outside porch with a carelessly disposed cigarette.

The woman was conscious and talking upon being removed from the building, Kelleher said. Firefighters confirmed a second person escaped the blaze but did not seek medical attention.