Brockton firefighters responded Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. to Madrid Square Condominiums off of Oak Street to find a top floor unit in Building 20 fully engulfed in flames.
Under severe fire conditions, responders rescued the condo’s sole occupant over ladders from the balcony.
The victim, an 82-year-old man, suffered major burn injuries and was transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center.
The man was conscious when fireman Ben Denny brought him down the ladder, Brockton Deputy Fire Chief Charles Davis told The Enterprise.
“People outside were telling us, ‘There’s someone in there.’ So we grabbed the ladder, set it up and then he came out of his doorway on the porch,” Denny told The Enterprise’s news partner WCVB-TV. “I think it was just adrenaline – it didn’t matter. He needed to come down.”
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Firefighter Zachary Davis, the deputy chief’s son, suffered burn injuries to his face, and four or five other firefighters were treated for minor burn injuries at the scene.
Davis said he was proud of his son for his role in the rescue and he is expected to recover.
“This was a dramatic rescue under severe fire conditions,” Davis said. “Fire was blowing out of that apartment, and they made entry and pulled him out. These men are highly trained, this is what they do.”
The Mayor praised firefighters for their efforts.
“It was a courageous rescue by our firefighters,” said Mayor Bill Carpenter. “It was just an incredible rescue … there’s no doubt in my mind that they saved his life.”
The deputy chief said a passerby called in the fire, and one of the firefighters on scene said it was a battle being fought in close quarters.
“It was pretty close just because the porch area there was very tight,” Firefighter Victor Soto-Perez tells The Enterprise. “When Zach and (Ben) were both up there, there was fire going over their heads. They threw the gentleman over to Ben and he brought him down the ladder.”
The dramatic scene can be found by jumping over to Brockton Fire Department’s Twitter Feed.
The Independent reports the state Fire Marshal’s Office, Brockton police and the Brockton Fire Prevention Bureau are investigating the blaze’s cause and origin.
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