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Somerville police officers rush into burning home to evacuate residents during 3-alarm house fire

A police officer knocked down a door and three others rushed inside a burning Somerville home to help residents escape a raging three-alarm fire that displaced nine-people early Tuesday, officials said.

The officers were the first to arrive after the fire broke out at 17 Bond St. at about 1:21 a.m., Charles J. Breen Jr., chief of the Somerville Fire Department, said in an e-mail. The fire also spread to an adjacent home.

Officer Thomas Lambert kicked open the front door and then he and officers Sergio Garcia, Sergio Costa, and Justin Brown went into the common hallway to evacuate the residents, Somerville police said in a statement posted on Facebook.

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Sergeant John Marino helped protect onlookers on Bond Street from live fallen electrical wires, and alerted the officers inside the home when the fire had spread to the entire front porch, police said.

“All officers managed to evacuate all residents safely seconds before the entire front of the residence was engulfed in flames,” police said.

The situation could have been a lot worse if the officers hadn’t sprung into action., Breen said.

“This was a fast moving fire spreading up the exterior and entering into all floors,” Breen said. “With the amount of fire on arrival, the occupants had little time to escape. Any delay could have been deadly.”

The adjacent home was damaged, but the residents who live there were not displaced, Breen said.

An Everett firefighter received medical treatment at the scene, Breen said. Two Somerville firefighters also suffered minor injuries.

Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone praised the courage of the police officers.

“I was just grateful and thankful, and . . . proud that they serve us,” Curtatone said in a telephone interview. We have such outstanding public servants representing . . . the police department [and] the fire department,” Curtatone said.

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He said that without their “heroic efforts” this could have been a “totally different story.”

“I’m not surprised because we see this selfless service everyday,” Curtatone said. “I want to thank these Somerville police officers, and firefighters, who [were] present for their life saving actions.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Breen said.


Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.