BOSTON (WHDH) - Three Boston firefighters were taken to the hospital after battling a three-alarm house fire in Dorchester Wednesday afternoon, officials confirmed.

At around 2:45 p.m., fire crews responded to 258 Normandy St. for heavy smoke and fire in a 2-and-a-half-story home, according to the Boston Fire Department.

Flames shot up through the roof, and the department said a firefighter became trapped on top of the building. That firefighter was rescued and was able to leave the roof by ladder, Boston Fire said.

At 3:32 p.m., the fire department posted on X that the fire had been knocked down and that crews were checking to see if any fire remained.

Three firefighters were taken to the hospital due to heat-related injuries, the fire department said.

Officials believe the blaze began on the second floor of the home, and that a potential hoarding situation made it more difficult for crews to get inside.

“We had to move very slowly because of the hoarding condition. We were going inch to inch basically, removing debris, hitting some fire,” said Boston Fire Deputy Chief Brian Tully.

One woman lives in the home and escaped the fire with help from neighbors, fire officials said. She refused to go to the hospital.

A next door neighbor said that within seconds of there being smoke, flames took over the home.

“It was really, really, really bad. I’ve never witnessed a fire like this before,” the neighbor said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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