Woman, two children rescued from blaze sweeping Lynn apartment

As a three-alarm fire burned through the first floor of their building in Lynn, a woman and her two children were pulled from their third-floor apartment early this morning, a Lynn fire official said.

Firefighters climbed to a third-floor window on an aerial ladder and pulled out the woman, 47, and her 9-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son, Lynn Fire Department District Chief Jack Barry said.

The three were treated for smoke inhalation at Massachusetts General Hospital and released, he said.

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“We got them out of there within minutes of our arrival,” Barry said.

Firefighters responded to a call reporting a fire at 11 Breed Square just before 2 a.m., Barry said. Over the next hour and a half, Barry said 47 firefighters, including some from Saugus, Swampscott, and Salem, worked on curbing, then extinguishing the blaze.

“They contained the fire while the rescue was made, then made quick work of putting it out,” Barry said. A Saugus firefighter, whose department helped Lynn at the scene of the fire, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion, Barry said.

A Lynn firefighter injured his knee, but remained on duty.

Barry estimated the fire caused about $100,000 worth of damage to the three-decker, six-unit building. The building houses 24 people, 12 of whom were home when the fire began.

“It’s not a total loss, it can be repaired, but they can’t live in there right now,” Barry said.

Officials from the Lynn Fire Department and state fire marshal’s office are investigating the cause of the fire, Barry said. He declined to say in what room the fire started.

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