Firefighters rescued four people trapped on a fourth-floor balcony of a burning multifamilly dwelling in Brockton, Massachusetts. The two-alarm fire occurred early Sunday and displaced five families, but no residents were injured.
The Boston Globe reported (http://bo.st/M78hcG) that basement fire on Main Street broke out about 1:45 a.m. Two minutes after receiving the call, firefighters arrived to find flames filling the first floor apartment of the six-unit building, according to Robert McGrann, a captain in the fire department.
Thirty-one firefighters from Brockton's nine firetrucks were called in to help battle the fire because of exposure issues. Several trees and an auto parts store are within feet of where the flames billowed from windows, McGrann said.
"It takes a very aggressive attack and a lot of manpower to put something like that out," McGrann told reporters. "You're not only trying to put the fire out, but trying to think where is this going to be in 10 minutes."
One firefighter was injured, McGrann said, and was taken to Brockton Hospital with an ankle injury.
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