MALDEN, MASS. (WHDH) - An elderly woman who managed to escape a massive three-alarm blaze that ripped through a home in Malden Wednesday says she was escorted out of the building by a quick-thinking Malden police officer who rushed inside to save her.

“There was a fire and the next thing I know, the police officer was there taking me out,” the 86-year-old woman told 7News. “She escorted me down the stairs.”

Several people were displaced by the fire, which tore through a multi-family home on Ashland Street and drew fire crews from several surrounding towns.

When they arrived at the scene about 10 a.m., fire crews were greeted by flames shooting through the roof and heavy smoke billowing into the air.

All of the residents were able to safely escape with the help of the Malden police officers, Noelle Bowie Pierce and Katelyn Murphy, who ran inside the clear the building, witnesses said.

The scene remains active as firefighters work to knock down hot spots in the building.

The home suffered serious damage to the roof. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more details become available.


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