The Enterprise, Brockton, Mass.
May 8—RAYNHAM — A man suffered serious burn injuries when a fire broke out in his Raynham apartment on Friday evening.
The Raynham Fire Department responded to a report of an apartment building fire at 111 Leonard St. about 5:10 p.m.
“Upon arrival, firefighters located a smoldering fire inside an apartment and quickly put it out,” Fire Chief Bryan LaCivita said in a written statement. “A 51-year-old man, who is a resident of the apartment, put out the flames with a fire extinguisher prior to the arrival of firefighters.”
The man was complaining of leg pain at the scene and firefighters discovered he had suffered a “serious burn” to his leg.
The man was taken by ambulance to a parking lot on Paramount Drive, where he was then flown by medical helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.
LaCivita said the two residents who live in the apartment were displaced as a result of the fire.
Raynham police assisted firefighters at the scene and Bridgewater firefighters assisted at the helicopter landing zone and provided station coverage during the incident. Providence Canteen also responded to the scene to provide food and drinks to first responders.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Raynham Fire Department, with assistance from the state fire marshal’s office.
The fire was the second incident in Raynham that required a response from a medical helicopter within about an hour. The other was a serious crash on Route 138 late Friday afternoon.
“I want to commend our firefighters and the police department for their quick and effective response to these two serious incidents,” LaCivita said. “Due to their efforts, the injured individuals are getting the medical care they need.”
Enterprise senior reporter Cody Shepard can be reached by email at email@example.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @cshepard_ENT.
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