Bystander video of the rescues pic.twitter.com/XH7SygDa01— Brockton Fire (@Brockton_Fire) August 17, 2018
BROCKTON (WBZ-AM) -- An early morning house fire left four people hospitalized and one person under arrest.
The fire began around 5 a.m. at a home on Kenwood Street. Four people who were trapped on the third-story balcony, and had to be carried down by firefighters. All four were treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation.
Nilton Rodrigues told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Shari Small he returned home from work around 5:30 a.m. to find his home on fire and his relatives stuck on the balcony.
"When I came, they were all up there," Rodrigues said. "But the fire truck was here with the ladder already up, so they were helping them get to the stairs so they could leave."
Brockton fire on scene of a second alarm fire. Rescues made from the third floor porch via ladder. pic.twitter.com/5wshQguaqz— Brockton Fire (@Brockton_Fire) August 17, 2018
But just moments after speaking to WBZ, Rodrigues was arrested at the scene on an alleged outstanding warrant. There was no word yet on the nature of that warrant.
Firefighters put out the blaze, but said they faced difficulty due to solar panels on the roof.
Neighbor Carol Burke said she witnessed it all.
"Help me, help me, help me, screaming at the top of their lungs," she said. "The whole right side was flames, and the house went up in a matter of like three minutes."
A cat and bird died in the fire.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports