Bourne firefighters make mayday call for help battling two-alarm blaze

Two Bourne firefighters survived some scary moments battling a house fire in the Sagamore Beach section Thursday evening.

Faced with high temperatures and no visibility, they became trapped in a basement and made a mayday call for help but managed to escape without injury, fire officials said.

Bourne fire Lieutenant Penny Eldridge wasn’t working at the Noreast Drive fire but has had a chance to listen to the firefighters’ mayday recording.


“It did bring chills,” Eldridge said. “I think everybody should consider themselves lucky it went the way it did.”

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The Bourne Fire Department said firefighters were dispatched to 37 Noreast Drive in Sagamore Beach at 7:03 p.m. Thursday for a report of a fire in an oil burner. Eldridge told the Globe that two Bourne firefighters had entered the basement to look for the source of the fire at 7:33 p.m.

“Once they arrived in the basement, they were overwhelmed by high heat conditions and no visibility,” Eldridge said.

They weren’t able to find their way out of the basement, and after calling for mayday, a rapid intervention team was ready to enter the house to rescue the two firefighters, she said. But the two firefighters were able to find their own way and got out of the house in about four minutes, Eldridge said.

Globe correspondent John Hilliard contributed.