STONEHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man is recovering in a Boston hospital after being rescued from a burning home on Main Street in Stoneham.
It was a little after 10 a.m. on Thursday morning when Stoneham dispatchers began receiving a number of 911 calls reporting that a home at 590 Main Street was on fire. A short time later, the 911 calls continued to pour in, with callers reporting the sound of gunfire in the same area.
A Stoneham Police sergeant, who happened to know the residents, was the first to arrive on scene. He went to the back of the house to access the backdoor and discovered a person who had been trying to get through the locked door using a firearm. The sergeant then secured the firearm and tried to make entry into the home to save a man trapped in the rear bedroom, but he was stopped by heavy smoke.
Fire officials were able to rescue the man using a ladder truck crew, while an engine crew tackled the fire. The man was taken to a Boston area hospital, where he remains in an unknown condition.
The flames were under control around 11 a.m. and the home is considered a total loss. A family of four was displaced.
"I would like to recognize the outstanding work of all the emergency personnel who played important roles in responding to today’s fire," said Chief McIntyre. "From the dispatch personnel who simultaneously processed multiple 911 calls reporting the fire and dispatched crews to the scene, to the heroic actions of the fire and police department personnel who arrived on scene and rescued the victim, their teamwork and professionalism is something the Town of Stoneham should be proud of."
The person who had originally fired a gun, while trying to get inside the home, was licensed to carry the weapon. They will not face any charges at this time.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.