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Responding to Roxbury blaze, firefighters rescue mother and child from 3rd floor window

A ladder was used to rescue a mother and her child from the third floor.
A ladder was used to rescue a mother and her child from the third floor.(Boston Fire Department/Twitter)

A fast-moving, 2-alarm fire in Roxbury Wednesday night displaced 10 and necessitated a dramatic rescue of a mother and child from a third-floor window, a fire official said.

Firefighters responded to a three-story, multi-family home at 6 Woodward Park St. around 8:15 p.m., said Boston fire spokesman Marc Sanders.

Arriving crews found heavy fire and a mother and child hanging out of a third floor window, said Sanders. A second alarm was quickly struck.

Firefighters used a ground ladder to reach the mother and child and get them out of the house and to safety, said Sanders. Both were taken to a local hospital for smoke inhalation and are expected to survive, said Sanders.

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“It’s a challenging situation, they did a great job here tonight,” Sanders said by telephone from the scene.

In addition to the mother and child, a firefighter was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The fire, which was brought under control around 8:45 p.m., displaced at least 10, said Sanders.

About 70 firefighters responded to the fire. The cause of the fire had yet to be determined as of 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. Fire investigators were on the scene.

It was not immediately clear Wednesday night how much monetary damage the fire caused. Sanders did not think the building was a total loss.


Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.