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Somerville man injured in freak accident at fire scene

Posted by Your Town  September 7, 2010 11:27 AM

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A Somerville man is recovering today at a Boston hospital after being struck by a street sign in a freak accident at the scene of a fire overnight, officials said.

Forty-nine-year-old Baljit Singh poked his head out of his house to observe a fire at a neighbor’s house on Fisk Avenue, when he was struck in the head by the sign, said Michael Meehan, a city spokesman.

The sign fell after a bizarre chain of events, Meehan said. The first fire truck that arrived on the scene had attached a hose to a hydrant around the corner from the house. The second truck drove over the hose and it got caught between two wheels and wrapped around the axle.

The truck pulled the hose so tight it wrenched the hydrant 145 degrees around before the hose broke off. Then the hose took down the Fisk Avenue sign, a chain link fence, and a street cleaning sign that struck Singh.

Singh was transported to the Massachusetts General Hospital and was reported as being in fair condition by a hospital spokeswoman.

Everyone got out of the burning house okay, said Meehan. “Right now, what we’re concerned about is that [Singh] makes a full recovery," he said.

Somerville police are investigating the incident, he said.

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