MA Firefighter Rescues Sleeping Woman from Fire

A Worcester (MA) firefighter roused a sleeping woman from her basement apartment and escorted her from the burning building Wednesday.

According to a news report from the Telegram & Gazette (, Bobby Almeida was awakened from sleep by Lieutenant Donald Courtney, who had been in the area on assignment, investigating candidates for the new firefighter recruit class and heard about a nearby fire incident. Lt. Courtney and other firefighters made their way through heavy smoke to help Almeida to safety, removing her from the two-story brick and stucco house, which was on fire.

The structure’s roof eventually caved in as firefighters applied water to it. There were no injuries.

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