Eight people were injured in a three-alarm fire this morning that destroyed a triple-decker house in Malden, fire officials said.
When police officers and firefighters responded to the scene on Burdett Street at 8:44 a.m., flames were shooting out of second- and third-floor windows, said Deputy Fire Chief Phillip Cargill.
Police arrived on scene first, and two officers were injured, he said. One rescued people from the first floor, and the other helped a teenage girl down from a porch roof that she had climbed onto from a second-floor window. She received minor burns.
Another teenage girl jumped from the second floor and broke her leg. Cargill said one girl was 13 and the other was 14. Both were transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Medford, and the former was treated and released.
A man on the third floor escaped the blaze but received second-degree burns on his back. He was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital. Three other people were also hospitalized for minor injuries, said Cargill.
The two officers were treated for smoke inhalation and one was released, he said. A dog was also rescued from the blaze.
It appeared that the fire started on a second-floor porch on the back of the house and spread into open windows through vinyl siding, which burns as intensely as gasoline, according to Cargill.
Firefighters left the scene at 12:30 p.m.
“It was a tough fire to put out due to the construction of the building,” said Cargill, who said there was little that could be done to save the house.
“We had to put [the fire] out, but our priority was saving people,” he said.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.
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