Malden firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze this morning that injured one jake and displaced at least four residents, fire officials said. On arrival we had a heavy fire in the attic, heavy fire in the basement throughout the whole structure, said Malden Fire Chief John 'Jack' Colangeli. "We had a report there was a student in the third-floor bedroom.
We did a primary search, but there's a lot of fire in that bedroom. On arrival we had a heavy fire in the attic, heavy fire in the basement throughout the whole structure. ... The primary search turned up negative. Now we have a report the occupant wasn't home."
A firefighter from Saugus was hospitalized with a non-life threatening injury battling the 5:30 a.m. blaze on Converse Way, fire officials said. Colangeli said state police arson investigators as well as the city's own fire investigation unit are looking into what caused the fire.
Written by O'Ryan Johnson