BROCKTON (WHDH) - Firefighters in Brockton Tuesday braved fierce flames and rescued an elderly man who was trapped inside a burning building.
Neighbors held their breath as firefighters pulled an 82-year-old man away from leaping flames.
“I was terrified. I thought he was going to die. I only could think of calling and begging them to come as quick as they could,” neighbor Emilia GeoLiveira said.
Dep. Brockton Fire Chief Charles Davis said a truck was just around the corner and that the four men running it jumped into action as soon as they arrived at the apartment complex on Madrid Street.
“This was a dramatic rescue under severe fire conditions. Fire was blowing out of that apartment and they made entry and pulled him out,” Davis said.
Davis said the man was conscious, but severely injured when they got him down. He was rushed to the hospital.
Officials said several firefighter were injured while battling the intense flames. Davis said his son was among the firefighters who responded to the scene.
“These men are highly trained, this is what they do, they know how to push the limits, this is what they do,” Davis said.
Davis’ son and a second firefighter were taken to the hospital for burns. They are expected to be ok. Two other firefighters were treated at the scene.
Brockton Fire officials have said the fire appears to be accidental.
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