A neighbor was able to kick down the door of a home in Ayer in order to rescue a woman and a baby as flames engulfed the porch, according to the fire department and WHDH.
Ayer firefighters were called to 22 Bligh St. for a report of a fire Saturday around 5:20 p.m.
Firefighters found heavy fire on the home’s porch. The fire was spreading into the home.
Ayer fire officials said neighbors alerted the occupants of the home and helped them get out.
Pam Indorato told WHDH that she was with a group of friends who rushed to the home. She kicked open the door, woke up a woman inside, and helped the woman and a baby get out, WHDH reports.
The woman and baby were safely outside the home when firefighters arrived at the scene.
“We are thankful to the quick-thinking neighbors who noticed the fire, and then entered the burning home at great personal risk to alert the occupants, who were unaware of the fire,” the Ayer Fire Department said in a Facebook post. “Their actions likely prevented a tragedy.”
The home was seriously damaged in the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The family dog died in the fire.
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