Accompanied by her dogs, Jeanette D’Angelo was puttering around the upper floor of the East Boston house she has lived in for 20 years when the shouting began and she smelled smoke.
Within moments, D’Angelo’s quiet morning was shattered when an electrical fire suddenly gained strength, becoming a six-alarm fire that destroyed D’Angelo’s home, a neighboring house, and damaged a third building.
“At first, I didn’t think it was going to catch on,’’ D’Angelo said as she held her dog, Shawnee, a a few hours after the fire started near the intersection of Sumner and Webster streets today. “I saw smoke, and I thought it could be put out in time. But it was so fast. It caught on fire so fast.’’
D’Angelo said she was also alerted to the fire by shouts from her neighbors, Karen and Al Siciliano, who repeatedly urged her to get out of her house. “They said the house behind me was on fire,’’ D’Angelo said. “I ran out to see how bad it was. I saw smoke coming out the first floor.”
According to the Sicilianos and D’Angelo, after she stepped out of her front door, D’Angelo realized her three dogs were still inside and that she had locked the front door. Despite entreaties from the Sicilianos that she stay out of the house, D’Angelo and a friend, Greg Kruszewski, entered her house and rescued Shawnee, Spanky, and Daphne.
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