Friday, April 16, 2010 Fall River, Massachusetts

4 Year Old Killed In Overnight Fall River Fire

At approximately 04:00 On Friday Morning Fall River fire alarm dispatched a full assignment to 349 Tecumseh Street for multiple calls reporting a "Still Alarm." While crews responded car two was notified of numerous reports of occupants trapped on floors one and three. Engine four arrived and reported heavy smoke showing from a occupied three story woodframe and began stretching lines and removing trapped residents as heavy fire on floor one extended to all floors. As crews were engaged in the search, one member became trapped on floor three and was forced to exit via a ground ladder on side two. A Woman and child were removed and transported via ground to St. Annes Hospital where the child later died. Heavy fire conditions took hold of the building forcing a exterior or defensive operation to be put forth to knock down the fire and protect the exposures along Manchester Street. During roll call one firefighter was unaccounted for. Members from Ladder four setup as a RIT Team and entered the heavily involved building and preformed a aggressive search for the potential missing member but was forced to evacuated once again as conditions worsened, The missing member was located safely a half hour later at a different location. Two ladder pipes and numerous exterior streams had the visible fire knocked down within two hours. The building was destroyed, Numerous injuries were reported.

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