QUINCY, Mass. — Two families and several pets were displaced Saturday from a fire on Roselin Avenue in Quincy.
“It’s devastating, it’s not the first time we’ve seen this before, it’s our second time, but both times we made it out alive and that’s most important,” said Rafael Vasconcelos.
Vasconcelos is thankful his mother made it out of the three-alarm fire at her home. Firefighters were also able to save her cat along with several other pets for the family who lives in the other unit of the multifamily home.
At least two cats and two dogs were carried out as the fire was put out.
“Heavy fire conditions in the basement when we arrived due to this type of construction known as balloon frame, there’s no fire stopping,” said Deputy Fire Chief Gary Smyth. “It already got into the wall and into the first floor.”
Deputy Chief Smyth said, at one point, the fire came through the floor vent, blocking firefighters from getting out, but luckily they were able to get the job done with no injuries.
“It was a little dicey for a few minutes because it came out of the floor vent, luckily we were able to get them out of there through the back, we had some ground ladders,” Smyth said. “But everything overall went well, the guys did a hell of a job like always.”
Firefighters believe the fire started in the basement, but it could be days until they learn the exact cause.
“I’m just glad everybody’s okay, things are replaceable, people are not,” Vascancelos said.
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