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Massachusetts firefighter saves 3-year-old boy from burning building

Massachusetts firefighter saves 3-year-old boy from burning building

Massachusetts firefighter saves 3-year-old boy from burning building

A three-year-old girl from Massachusetts was rescued from the top floor of a burning building by a firefighter and witnesses hailed her as a “hero.”

He Wednesday The fire at an Everett apartment was first noticed by two public works employees who were driving down the street when they saw the smoke, Boston 25 News reported.

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Jason Papa and Jesse Whinocour quickly ran to the building located at the intersection of Hancock and Tappan streets around 8:00 a.m. to warn residents inside.

“We were driving down the street and saw the smoke. I told him to stop the truck. We ran inside and started banging and kicking doors. We ran inside the apartments to make sure no one was there,” Whinocour told the local station.

The two men estimated there were about 20 people inside the building when they began cleaning it.

However, the couple was unable to reach a unit on the third floor of the building.

“There were too many flames and the smoke was too black. I couldn’t save her,” Whinocour said.

First responders from the Malden, Chelsea and Everett fire departments arrived on scene.

Papa told the outlet that a firefighter braved the hot flames and entered the burning apartment to see if anyone was inside.

“He ran in after we got out. We said, ‘There might be someone up there. We can’t see anymore,’” she said. “We helped him up, he got in, he came out a couple minutes later and she was dead. He ran down the street with her.”

Everett Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Hickey said both the girl and the firefighter were treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Although the cause of the fire is still under investigation, Hickey said he believed it originated on the third floor of the building.

“He went there and saved her,” Whinocour said. “He’s a hero… Thank God for that firefighter. She’s alive because of him.”

It’s unclear how or why the girl was left alone in the upstairs apartment, a WCVB reporter said. noted.