Thursday, 4:30 PM
Two firefighters hurt after porch collapses
|(George Rizer/Globe Staff) The fire gutted a triple decker this morning on Darling Street in Mission Hill.|
By Andrew Ryan and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff
An improperly built back porch collapsed on two firefighters early this morning as they were trying to extinguish a blaze in a triple-decker in Mission Hill, a fire official said.
More than 100 firefighters were at the scene at 20-22 Darling St., and they worked quickly to free the two firefighters from the rubble. Christopher Wright and Daniel Donahoe from Engine 33 Ladder 15 were rushed to Brigham and Women's Hospital with back and other injuries.
"They are in good spirits," said Chief Kevin P. MacCurtain, who met with the men at the hospital this morning. "They are in a lot of pain, but both of them have been released from the hospital ... They were thankful they weren't hurt seriously, and they were very surprised when this collapse occurred."
Inspectors from the Building Department and the Fire Department determined that the porch had been built with undersized wood and had been anchored to the house with nails instead of bolts, said fire spokesman Steve McDonald. When firefighters climbed onto the second story of the porch to fight the fire, the third floor of the porch fell on top of them.
While crews were battling the blaze, a third firefighter was injured when he cut his arm. He was also taken to Brigham and Women's Hospital and received several stitches, McDonald said.
The three-alarm fire broke out at about 2:30 a.m. on the second floor of the porch at the rear of the building. A college student living next door saw flames and called 911, McDonald said.
The seven people who lived in the building’s three units escaped unharmed. The Red Cross and the Office of Neighborhood Services were working to find the residents temporary shelter, McDonald said. The fire, which caused an estimated $750,000 in damage, remains under investigation.
"It doesn't appear to be suspicious," McDonald said.
The fire spread to the building next door at 24 Darling St., melting the aluminum siding and singed the upper walls. The damage on that building was minor, McDonald said.
Donahoe, 24, has been a firefighter since August. Wright, 26, joined the department in June 2005.