Companies began arriving from all directions and pulled lines off Engine 41, Engine 51 & Engine 29 to begin an aggressive interior attack. District 11 arrived on scene and reported he had a fire in a 2 Story 30x32 Wood Frame w/ fire on 2nd floor and attic. Rescue 1 began a primary search of the building to search for any victims as companies began to attack the fire on the interior.
The fire had gained head way on the companies and around 6:45AM all companies were ordered to stay out of the attic. At 6:57AM the dreaded transmission came over the scanner "MAYDAY MAYDAY". A Member had fallen through a hole on the 2nd Floor down to the 1st Floor. Deputy Chief Dunbar activated the RIT (Rapid Intervention Team) and struck a 3rd Alarm. Firefighters quickly located the firefighter and brought him outside to Boston EMS. He was transported to a Boston Hospital with Non-Life Threatening Injuries.
Residents began advising Boston Police that some one was missing and possibly in the 2nd Floor or attic. Companies threw several ground ladders to the rear as the interior stairs had burned away. Rescue 1 began making another search of the building as companies began advancing lines. AT 7:12AM Rescue 1 had a chilling transmission. As you heard a firefighter screaming in the background Rescue 1 said "RESCUE 1 MAYDAY MAYDAY WE HAVE A MAN THROUGH THE HOLE ON THE 2ND FLOOR MAN DOWN". A Member of Engine 29 fell through a hole on the 2nd Floor. Rescue 1 and other members of Engine 29 located the firefighter and brought him outside to Boston EMS.
With 2 Firefighters already injured falling through holes the Deputy gave up on interior operations and ordered all companies to evacuate the building. Companies went defensive and by 8AM they had the fire knocked down.
15 People were transported and treated by Boston EMS. 9 Were residents and 6 were Firefighters. Sadly a female victim was located deceased in the attic after the fire was knocked down. The fire remains under investigation at this time.