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Firefighters respond to two-alarm, triple-decker fire rescuing pet cat

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Brockton firefighters battled a fire that broke out on the top floor of a triple-decker apartment building close to the downtown area on Sunday night.

The Fire Department responded to the two-alarm blaze at 7:17 p.m. on Sunday at 88 Highland St. Brockton firefighters doused the fire with two ladder trucks, extended to the top floor of the three-story woodframe building.

Deputy Chief Brian Nardelli said firefighters could see smoke billowing in the sky from the area of the fire when they left the nearby central fire station on Pleasant Street. Firefighters responded after getting a report of a porch fire at the apartment building, Nardelli said. Nardelli said it was a heavy fire on the third floor porch, extending into the cockloft, which is a small loft space above the third floor of the apartment building.

“We were able to do a quick blitz attack and knock it down,” Nardelli said. “We were then able to get in with other hose lines and start opening up on the inside. The fire spread approximately halfway back of the cockloft of the house.”

Before firefighters arrived, two people escaped the building, which was occupied on the first and third floor, Nardelli said. The Red Cross was requested on Sunday night to assist the occupants, since the building is uninhabitable as a result of fire and water damage, he said.

A woman, who got out of the building before firefighters arrived, was transported from the scene to the hospital by Brewster Ambulance. It was not immediately clear on Sunday night if she was injured or suffered smoke inhalation, Nardelli said.

One firefighter scooped up a cat that remained in the building after the fire broke out, rescuing the pet from the building. A firefighter passed off the kitty to its grateful owners, who hugged the frazzled feline, after it was wrapped up in a blanket.

Firefighters quickly had the blaze under control, with no flames visible from the outside as of 8 p.m., although smoke was still billowing. Nardelli credited his firefighters for their fast response, preventing the blaze from spreading throughout the building.

“The guys did a super job,” Nardelli said. “This is one of these ones if you don’t get it quick, it takes off on you. Once it gets in the cockloft, it’s got free reign. … If we’re not moving real quick on a fire like this, we lose the building. We were fortunate the guys worked really hard and got it … knocked down.”

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

About five fire engines were at the scene, along with the Fire Command 56 truck. The Stoughton and Whitman fire departments provided station coverage for Brockton during the fire.

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