Lawrence officer saves man from smoke-filled house

A Lawrence man is in intensive care after being rescued from his burning home by a police officer, Police Chief James Fitzpatrick said.

Tom Doyle, 53, was taken by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital with severe smoke inhalation after the fire at his home on Worswick Terrace Monday night.

He was in stable condition and was being held in the intensive care unit, Fitzpatrick said.


Lawrence firefighters and police responded to the two-story home at about 8:15 p.m. and hosed down a mattress that had caught fire.

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“The real problem was the amount of smoke it created,” Fitzpatrick said. “Doyle’s father tried to get him out, but for whatever reason, the individual was resisting.”

Officer Carl Farrington saw the struggle and ran into the house to help carry the man to safety.

“The house was completely full of smoke, and all he could see with his flashlight was [Doyle’s] legs,” Fitzpatrick said. “Doyle was clenching onto the banister and wouldn’t let go, maybe out of fright, but Farrington finally broke him free, bearhugged him, and carried him down the stairs.”

Doyle’s father was treated at the scene and had no significant injury, Fitzpatrick said.


“The house wasn’t a total loss, but there was significant smoke and water damage,” he said.

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