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Mayday: Boston firefighter briefly trapped on roof of burning house

Firefighters faced hoarding conditions inside the burning Dorchester house, slowing the attack on the fire

By Bill Carey

BOSTON — A mayday was declared after a firefighter became trapped on the roof of a burning building in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood.

Firefighters responded to a house fire on Normandy Street on June 5, finding heavy smoke and flames. Additional fire companies were dispatched as the fire burned through the roof, NBC10 Boston reported.

Firefighters faced hoarding conditions inside the house, slowing the attack on the fire.

“We had to move very slowly because of the hoarding condition,” Deputy Chief Brian Tully said. “We were going inch to inch basically removing debris.”

A mayday was transmitted when a firefighter was briefly trapped on the roof as the fire spread. The firefighter was able to be safely removed by an aerial ladder, WCVB reported.

A woman who was inside the home at the time of the fire was able to escape safely. Three firefighters suffered minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital.

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