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Firefighters rescue 6 from burning building in Brockton
By John R. Ellement, Globe Staff
Using ladders to scale railings and walls, Brockton firefighters rescued about six people this morning who had fled onto balconies after smoke filled their apartment building, a fire official said.
"Numerous people were on their balconies, and they could not get out of their apartment because of the heavy smoke in the hallway," said Chief Ken Galligan of the Brockton Fire Department.
The blaze started at 6:30 a.m. in the kitchen on the second floor of the Belmont Court apartment complex, which is near the VA Hospital in Brockton. No one was injured, Galligan said.
The fire remains under investigation but it appears to be accidental, Galligan said. It caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the 12-unit building.
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