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Man Hurt in Freak Fire Hose Accident

The Boston Herald via YellowBrix

September 08, 2010

SOMERVILLE, MA – A Somerville man is recovering after being struck by a street-cleaning sign that was knocked over by a fire hose in a freak accident on Monday night .

Baljit Singh, 49, was listed in fair condition yesterday at Massachusetts General Hospital after being injured during the bizarre chain of events, officials said.

“This is an extremely unfortunate incident. Our best wishes and prayers go out to this man and his family,” said city spokesman Michael Meehan said. “We’re hopeful that he’ll be completely fine after a little bit of recovery.”

The accident occurred after a second fire truck arrived at 12 Fiske Ave., where a two-alarm house fire erupted at about 11:29 p.m., officials said.

A water hose hooked up to a fire hydrant from a fire truck already on scene got caught between the wheels of the second fire truck and wrapped around the truck axle, said Meehan.

The hose then broke free from the hydrant, snapped a street sign, ripped through a chain-link fence and struck a street cleaning sign which hit Singh, who lives at 38 Fiske Ave., Meehan said.

Police are investigating the accident, Meehan said.