– Allison Goldsberry
An elderly woman is OK thanks to a concerned family member and some fast-acting Medford firefighters.
On August 20 Medford Police and firefighters went to an Ashland Street home for a well-being check, according to a post on Medford Firefighters Local 1032’s Facebook page. Crews responded to the home following a request by a concerned family member who walked into the station and said the elderly woman living in the home hadn’t been heard from recently.
Firefighters immediately noticed smoke coming out of a second story window after arriving at the home. Additional fire crews were dispatched to the scene. Firefighters encountered “near blackout” conditions inside the home, which was filled with smoke from a kitchen fire. The firefighters found the elderly woman unconscious in a chair in the kitchen. They quickly got her outside, where she began to regain consciousness before being taken in an ambulance to a Boston hospital.
The additional fire crews quickly put out the kitchen fire and contained it to that room, which prevented it from spreading to other parts of the house.
“It is impressive to think that a crew had no idea they were even responding to a fire, and then were able to save the life of the resident inside a smoke filled burning building so quickly,” said a statement on Local 1032’s Facebook page. “Also impressive is the fact that the other responding Medford Fire companies were able to aggressively attack and contain the fire to one room after the fire had such a head start on them. These situations may not occur often, but this is why we constantly train and prepare ourselves for the unpredictable.”
“We are proud to provide this level of service to the people of Medford, and we are especially proud of all our members involved in this incident.”
The responding emergency personnel included Engine 1 (Lt. Faggiano, Firefighter Davis, and Firefighter Spencer), Medford Police, and an ambulance. Engine 2, Engine 4, Engine 6, Ladder 1, Ladder 2, and C2 also responded.
Photos courtesy Medford Firefighters Local 1032