MBTA bus driver hailed for rushing into burning Lynn building with fire extinguisher, alerting residents

LYNN, MASS. (WHDH) - An MBTA bus driver is being hailed for trying to extinguish a house fire in Lynn with an on-board fire extinguisher and knocking on neighbors’ doors to alert them to the blaze.

Maria Gradozzi, 27, was on her way to the Lynn Garage Wednesday night when she spotted a burning house at the intersection of Boston and Moulton streets and sprang into action, according to an MBTA spokesman.

“I didn’t even think for a second I just pulled over my bus,” she said.

After rushing up to the second floor of the building and deploying her fire extinguisher, Gradozzi, who has worked for the T for about 18 months, said she was assisted by a man as she tried to knock on adjoining doors to let residents know of the fire.

“We’re just trying to figure out how we gonna get through this house? How we going to get these people out? But it started to get really hot in there there was an electrical thing .. little explosion.. sparks were flying everywhere.. we said we gotta get out of here it’s getting dangerous.”

The fire then spread to another home and eventually burned through both.


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