Three firefighters hospitalized in Weymouth house fire
Three firefighters were injured battling a blaze that officials suspect was set.
A Weymouth fire official said that “staffing was a huge problem” in the initial fighting of the fire.
“Ideally, we would have had four engines and one ladder (truck) there with a minimum of 20 people. The result last night, because of staffing, is we had three engines and two ladders with 18 people initially, which caused us to attack the fire differently initially,” Deputy Fire Chief John Haslam said today.
Firefighter Paul Wight collapsed at the fire and was listed as being in good condition at South Shore Hospital today.
Firefighter Bernie Macauley and Lt. Matt Harding were treated at the Weymouth hospital – Macauley for a shoulder injury and Harding for a leg injury – and released.
The fire, at 14 Worster Terrace, began shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday in the basement of the two-story house. It quickly spread to the second floor and to an adjacent smaller structure.
“I would imagine the house is a total loss,” Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Tose said.
Neighbors said the house was home to a man and his two sons, but no one was home when the fire began. The house was reportedly under agreement to be sold to a new owner.
Kristen Connors, 23, said another neighbor went to investigate when she saw smoke coming from the house.
Fire officials said the fire’s cause appeared to be suspicious.
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