Rockland: Two People Rescued from 2-Alarm Fire

Two people were rescued from a two-alarm house fire Friday morning in Rockland.

Fire Chief Scott Duffey says they were called to 77 Division around 8:30 a.m. for a reported fire. The caller said a person was trapped on the third floor.

Firefighter Paramedic Richard Furlong, Jr. said he arrived and set up a ladder at the front of the building.

“When I threw the ladder up to their window, it was black smoke coming out. I couldn’t see them. I opened the screen to get them and yell for them, and luckily she came out,” said Furlong.

“I’m just glad it worked the way that it did, that they’re alive and they’re not injured,” he added. “Ten minutes later, it could have been a different story.”

Firefighter Paramedic Daniel Rice assisted in getting the 16-year-old woman down and to the ambulance.

“Very relieved everything went well. She was well, unharmed, maybe a little bit of smoke inhalation,” said Rice. “She was alert and was able to walk with us to the ambulance for further care.”

Mutual aid from Abington, Whitman, Hanson, Pembroke, Norwell, Hingham responded to the scene. A Randolph ladder was cancelled after crews were able to quickly knock down the fire.

While that person was being rescued, Captain Tom Heaney was looking through heavy smoke to find the second occupant on the third floor.

“She was in the bedroom where I could hear her, but she had that door to her bedroom was kind of blocked by debris and furniture,” said Heaney. “We had to push through that, and that’s where I met her.”

After the woman was helped out, Heaney said they were able to quickly extinguish a fire in the kitchen.

Duffey said the 16-year-old and a 19-year-old were taken to the hospital for evaluation. No firefighters were injured, and numerous pets were rescued as well.

“I’m proud. I hope the women that were rescued are doing well,” said Duffey. “Initial reports are that they are. I hope for a speedy recovery for them.”

The three-family home has significant smoke and water damage on the top floor, which is not habitable. The first floor and second floors are being evaluated. Damage was estimated at $70,000.

“It was amazing. It doesn’t sink in until afterward. We only have six people on duty,” said Duffey. “They made the rescue, they made the save, and then everybody just went to work and asked ‘what’s next.’”

Firefighters rescue a woman from the third floor of a home at 77 Division Street. Photo credit: Rich Pattison.

Firefighters rescue a woman from the third floor of a home at 77 Division Street. Photo credit: Rich Pattison.

Two people were rescued from this three-family home on 77 Division Street in Rockland. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Two people were rescued from this three-family home on 77 Division Street in Rockland. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.


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About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny left the City of Boston and now lives in Rockland. Lenny has covered both news and sports, from the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com