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Firefighters rescue woman in wheelchair, two other residents trapped in New Bedford fire

A house fire broke out at 108 Tremont Street in New Bedford Monday morning, displacing six residents and seriously injuring an older woman, authorities said.New Bedford Fire Department Facebook

Firefighters rescued a woman in a wheelchair and two other residents after they were reported trapped in a house fire in New Bedford Monday, officials said.

At 7:16 a.m., the fire department received a 911 call for three people trapped on the third floor of a burning house in the area of 108 Tremont St., officials said. Fire crews rushed up a back stairway to rescue an older man, while another man climbed out a window onto a small roof and was rescued by ladder.

Firefighters rescued an older woman in a wheelchair, the third person trapped inside, by carrying her down the back stairway, officials said. Lt. Steven Torres used his protective gear to shield her from the heat, officials said.

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The woman was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital and transferred to the trauma center at Rhode Island Hospital for a higher level of care, officials said. She was in serious condition.

The fire, which was extinguished within a half hour, displaced six people from the three-family home. They are being helped by the American Red Cross.

“Investigators believe the fire began in a third-floor bedroom and we found no working smoke alarms in that unit,” New Bedford Fire Chief Scott Kruger said in a statement. There is no evidence the fire was set intentionally, officials said.


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