A two-alarm fire displaced more than a dozen residents of an apartment building in Needham this morning, fire officials said.
The blaze was reported at about 6:30 a.m. at 15 and 17 Chambers St., Needham Deputy Fire Chief Al DeIulio said. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke in the two-story brick building, which contained 16 apartments.
Most of the residents evacuated before firefighters arrived, but firefighters used a ladder to rescue one resident from the second floor so he would not have to walk through the smoky building and walked another resident out of the building from the first floor, DeIulio said. One resident was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Needham with minor smoke inhalation and was discharged later today, he said.
The fire displaced the 16 to 17 adult residents, DeIulio said. Nine are staying with family, and the others have received aid from the Red Cross and a local non-profit, he said.
The fire is under investigation but appears to have been caused by a stovetop that ignited nearby combustibles, DeIulio said. The fire spread to the kitchenette cabinets and throughout the first-floor studio apartment. Smoke spread throughout the building, which was equipped with smoke detectors but no sprinklers. The fire was brought under control by 7 a.m.
Fire and smoke damaged the unit in which the fire started and destroyed much of its contents, DeIulio said. Smoke also damaged the rest of the building, but he could not estimate the cost of damage.
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