2 residents, 3 firefighters hospitalized after South Boston blaze

BOSTON (WHDH) - Two residents and three firefighters were taken to the hospital Tuesday night after a heavy blaze broke out at a home in South Boston, officials said.

Crews responding around 8 p.m. to a home on Mercer Street were greeted by raging flames and smoke billowing from a triple-decker home.

Video captured by 7News viewer Jon Miarecki showed flames shooting out of a third-floor window. Firefighters ran multiple lines and were able to extinguish the blaze.

Several people were trapped in the home when the fire broke out but they all were able to escape thanks to a young man who lives nearby. Tim Irwin says he rushed into the home to help rescue a woman in a wheelchair when he saw smoke.

“The heat was ridiculous. Once we got past pretty much the entrance way, we couldn’t get much further because the smoke was too hot,” he said. “After that, we ended up pulling the lady out.”

Everyone who was taken from the scene suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Five residents were displaced by the fire, which caused an estimated $800,000 in damage, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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