By George Barnes
Telegram & Gazette
LEOMINSTER, Mass. — Two Westminster firefighters came very close to disaster Saturday night when the back wall of the third floor of the Columbia Hotel collapsed onto the tower truck bucket they were standing on while fighting a massive fire there.
The bucket held firm against the collapsing wall, very possibly saving their lives. The two firefighters were injured, but were able to climb back down and walk to an ambulance. The truck is out of service and will take months and thousands of dollars to repair. Westminster Fire Chief Brenton MacAloney said it could have been much worse.
Hotel fire damages aerial, injures firefighters