Two firefighters were injured and had to be rescued from a burning Billerica home Monday morning, officials said.
The house at 95 Pinehurst Ave. caught fire at 10:45 a.m., sending black smoke billowing into the air. The blaze was out about 1 p.m., said firefighters and Julie Kaplan, a resident of the street.
A woman and her daughters escaped the blaze unharmed, Kaplan said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown. Smoke alarms in the home were working. The blaze spread through two floors of one side of the duplex home, said Billerica Fire Captain Dan LeClerc.
The fire rose to three alarms when two firefighters were injured. A mayday alert was issued, and the two men were quickly treated on scene, one with a knee strain and one for smoke inhalation, said LeClerc.
The firefighter who suffered smoke inhalation had his mask fall off. Other firefighters in the area helped him exit the burning home.
“It’s never good news when that happens,” LeClerc said of the loss of the mask.
Kaplan said she saw the two little girls, a 2-year-old and a 4- or 5-year-old, and their mother outside the house after the fire broke out.
She said she watched the girls for the mother, bringing them into her home and baking them cookies.
Firefighters opened up the walls of the home to ensure that the fire was extinguished.
“The house is still standing,” Kaplan said.
The residents will be staying with family, LeClerc said.Melissa Hanson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @Melissa__Hanson.