5 Mass. firefighters injured in parking garage fire
Three of the firefighters were hurt by falling concrete when a portion of the garage collapsed
By Laura French
SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Five Massachusetts firefighters were injured in a parking garage fire on Wednesday.
Somerville firefighters responded to scene early Wednesday morning where a fire was burning on the fourth floor of the garage, according to Boston 25 News.
While battling the blaze, three firefighters were injured by falling concrete when a part of the structure collapsed from the heat. Two other firefighters also sustained minor injuries during the fire.
According to the Boston Sparks Association, which provided rehab services at the scene, the structure was a six-story, open-air garage, and crews were met with heavy fire from multiple electric cars at a charging station.
The fire spread into a void space between the garage and adjacent apartments, and also spread to the roof of the garage, causing burning debris to fall to the first floor. Four cars were destroyed in the blaze and one other car was damaged.
UPDATE from Somerville Fire Chief Charles Breen: 5 firefighters were hurt battling a fire at the Montaje Apartments parking garage around 2:30 a.m. 3 of the firefighters were hit by falling concrete. 4 cars were destroyed & a 5th was damaged. They were all on the 4th floor. pic.twitter.com/dVdUAbV8DZ— Mike Saccone (@mikesacconetv) February 24, 2021