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Firefighters rescue two from Milton house fire

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 9, 2013 06:15 PM

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Two people were rescued in a Milton fire that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.

According to Milton Deputy Fire Chief John Foley, firefighters got a call of a blaze at a two-family home at 244 Eliot Street at 10:03 a.m. Wednesday.

When fire personnel arrived, they saw heavy fire in the front of the building, with the second floor porch engulfed. Heavy smoke was pouring out of windows and a man his in 20s was looking out of a third floor window awaiting rescue.

Firefighters retrieved the man from the third floor with an aerial ladder while other firefighters went through the building battling the blaze and looking for other occupants.

According to Foley, an 82-year-old man was found in his bed. He was in and out of consciousness while firefighters carried him down a back stairway.

Both men were taken by ambulance to area hospitals.

Foley said the main fire was put out within half an hour of arriving at the scene. However the building required extensive overhaul to check for pockets of fire in walls and other concealed spaces.

Firefighters continued to search for smoldering until approximately 1:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Foley estimated the blaze did a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of damage.

The house, built around 1905, is listed in assessor’s records as being worth approximately $199,000.

Several firefighters received minor injuries from the incident, including one back injury, some facial burns, and another firefighter complaining of heart palpitations, however, no firefighters were transported to the hospital.

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