REVERE, Mass. — Revere firefighters had a busy night battling back-to-back fires in the city.
The first fire broke out Saturday around 6 p.m. on Revere Beach Parkway. “It was two doors down from the fire station,” said Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Giampietro. “The guys did a great job. We got there really quickly because it was close to the station, and we made quick work of that.”
Giampietro said firefighters finished at the first scene around 9 p.m. Just hours later, a second fire broke out on Mountain Ave. shortly before midnight.
“This was a lot more involved than the first fire,” Giampietro said. “We had heavy fire on arrival, it had a pretty good head start on us.”
Revere Fire Chief Christopher Bright said the fire started on a lower level and quickly traveled all the way to the roof of the home. Bright said six families live in the triple-decker and everyone was able to get out safely before firefighters arrived.
“Firefighters worked extremely hard under difficult circumstances,” said Bright. “Because of the temperatures, we had a lot of ice forming and a lot of slip and falls.”
Bright said one firefighter had to be taken to the hospital for stitches after a window exploded and sent chards of glass flying into his hand.
Bright said the building will need to be torn down.
“The building’s uninhabitable,” said Bright. “The roof collapsed, and the rear of the building has a significant collapse and burn.”
One resident told Boston 25 News he and his wife had to carry their three young sons down three flights of stairs. He is hopeful his cats were able to escape the flames.
The Red Cross is assisting the families who are displaced.
National Grid had to cut the power for much of Mountain Ave. while crews battled the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.
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