Four survivors of an apartment fire, heavy smoke reported in the building
Cambridge firefighters rescued four people, two using the department’s ladder truck, from a three-story residential structure on the corner of Gomber Avenue and North Ninth Street after it caught fire on Monday morning.
The two residents, a man and a woman, who were evacuated from the second floor by the ladder truck were inhaled by the smoke. They were removed from the house through a window and carried to the opposite corner of the intersection.
They were then escorted to a nearby ambulance and treated by United Ambulance medical staff and city firefighters.
The other two unidentified male residents were not injured. They were examined by medical personnel near the scene of the fire.
A large dog was also rescued from the home, according to firefighters.
Firefighters reported power lines outside the house were on fire when they arrived on the scene just before 10.30am.
Crews launched an initial exterior attack before moving inside to extinguish flames that had spread to the attic and part of the third floor.
Smoke from the roof was visible from several blocks before firefighters arrived.
Firefighters initially accessed two of the residents from a ladder on the North Ninth Street side of the house, while others were removed using steps and doors in the house.
The official cause of the fire remained under investigation, as city firefighters and a crew from the Cassell Station Fire Department worked to extinguish hot spots in the home.
Traffic scanners from the local emergency services said the fire “reignited” just after 11 a.m., but was quickly extinguished by firefighters after a hole was punched in the roof to gain access to the flames.
It was not known Monday how many people lived in the residence.
Cambridge police were involved in rescue efforts and extinguishing the fire.
No injuries were reported by first responders.