ARLINGTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – One person is dead and another injured after a fire broke out at an elderly/disabled highrise development Saturday morning in Arlington.
Arlington Fire Department said the fire started on the third floor of Chestnut Manor, located at 54 Medford Street. Officials were able to safely evacuate residents to a community room while they put out the fire.
Two women were rescued from different apartments and taken to local hospitals. One died at the hospital and the other was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
“I want to commend the women and men of the Arlington Fire for their swift response in suppressing the fire,” said Arlington Fire Chief Kevin Kelley. “We’re saddened by the loss of life. Our thoughts are with the family of the woman who died.”
Residents were seen being evacuated from the 100-unit highrise at around 5:00 a.m. Those who were not picked up by family members were kept on a bus for warmth. Officials said there is heavy smoke damage throughout the building as a result of the fire.
Crews from several surrounding towns also responded to the scene as well as the Red Cross and Arlington Police. The Department of Health and Human Services is working on setting up a fund to help the victims. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.