Four Firefighters Injured in Second Cambridge Fire

by Emily Baird on September 28, 2010 at 5:57 am

A second fire in Cambridge injures four area firefighters, two from the Cambridge department and two from the Cassell Station volunteer department.

It happened around 4 a.m. in the 400 block of Steubenville Avenue. Cambridge Fire Captain Tim Milner says the two-story structure was fully engulfed upon arrival. Because a sign tagged on the front porch of the structure deemed it vacant, the firefighters efforts went from rescue to attempting to tame the fire. Captain Milner says they were concerned it would spread to two-surrounding homes.

Once the fire was pretty much tamed, Captain Milner says four men entered the structure.

"They were conducting some interior operations, and we had a partial wall and floor collapse. They were buried in the rubble in the basement for a period of time," says Captain Milner.

It took crews six minutes to get the men out and take them to an area hospital. Captain Milner says the fire department tries to train firefighters on when its safe to enter a structure.

"A lot of that is based on experience and knowledge of how buildings are built. We spend a lot of time focusing on these things. We try to gauge that against how much fire there is, how long it’s been burning, and what type of building it is. Even then, we don’t always get it right," says Captain Milner.

Three of the men were treated and released. The fourth received an injury to his arm. His condition is not known at this time. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting in the case.