3 Salem residents injured in three-alarm blaze

Three Salem residents were injured today when a three-alarm fire tore through the second story of the home they shared, causing the third floor to collapse into the second, fire officials said.

One resident was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for smoke inhalation, and two others were sent to Salem Hospital. None of them suffered life-threatening injuries, according to Firefighter Richard Thomas, a fire department spokesman.

The American Red Cross provided emergency shelter at a local hotel and recovery funds to two adults and a child. A fourth person, an adult, was also provided recovery funds, according to Kat Powers, a Red Cross spokeswoman.


Firefighters responded to the 2½-story home on School Street after a passerby noticed the flames and ran into the nearest fire station to alert them at 5:17 a.m.

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“There were very heavy fire conditions on the second floor, and we had concerns because the house was occupied,” Richard said.

Two residents were on the first floor, one on the second, and one on the third. All were evacuated before the third floor collapsed. The fourth resident was not injured.

A fifth resident was initially unaccounted-for, prompting anxious moments, but firefighters discovered he was at his girlfriend’s house, Richard said.

The fire has been extinguished, and Salem firefighters are investigating its cause.


A damage estimate has not yet been released.

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