NEWTON—Two serious fires in Newton tonight sent three people to area hospitals, displaced multiple families, and drew assistance from several neighboring departments.
“Obviously, this is an extraordinary circumstance for the city of Newton,” said Lieutenant Eric Fricke, a spokesman for the Fire Department, at the scene of the second blaze at 499 Crafts St.
The two-alarm fire at the multifamily home started at about 10:20 p.m. and included a dramatic rescue of a third-floor tenant who firefighters reached after climbing a ladder, Fricke said. He said the man was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston with injuries that included smoke inhalation.
Newton Fire Chief Bruce Proia said the man was able to speak with rescuers.
Proia said there was “heavy, heavy fire blowing out two windows on arrival on the first floor.”
Another man who lives on the second floor was taken to Newton-Wellesley Hospital for smoke inhalation, according to Fricke and Proia.
In addition, Proia said, a Newton fire captain was taken to Newton-Wellesley with a shoulder injury.
Dozens of firefighters from departments including Wellesley, Watertown, Boston, and Brookline remained on scene at about 11:40 p.m. assessing the substantial damage to the home’s interior.
Officials said the fire on Crafts broke out roughly three hours after a three-alarm blaze tore through a two-story townhouse on Nahanton Street, causing extensive damage including a chimney collapse.
“It was stubborn,” Fricke said of the blaze.
Proia said no one was hurt in that fire, and it was not immediately clear how many people lived at that address or the multifamily home on Crafts Street.
The chief said officials were investigating the causes of both fires and neither one appeared to be suspicious.Travis Andersen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.