Four survivors of an apartment fire, heavy smoke reported in the building

Cambridge firefighters rescued four people, two using the department’s ladder truck, from a three-story residential structure on the corner of Gomber Avenue and North Ninth Street after it caught fire on Monday morning.

The two residents, a man and a woman, who were evacuated from the second floor by the ladder truck were inhaled by the smoke. They were removed from the house through a window and carried to the opposite corner of the intersection.

They were then escorted to a nearby ambulance and treated by United Ambulance medical staff and city firefighters.

Two people rescued from the second floor of an apartment block on the corner of North Ninth Street and Gomber Avenue in Cambridge late Monday morning are helped from the city ladder truck by United Ambulance fire and medical staff.  They were said to have been inhaled by smoke during the fire.

The other two unidentified male residents were not injured. They were examined by medical personnel near the scene of the fire.

A large dog was also rescued from the home, according to firefighters.

Firefighters reported power lines outside the house were on fire when they arrived on the scene just before 10.30am.

Crews launched an initial exterior attack before moving inside to extinguish flames that had spread to the attic and part of the third floor.

Smoke from the roof was visible from several blocks before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters initially accessed two of the residents from a ladder on the North Ninth Street side of the house, while others were removed using steps and doors in the house.

Cambridge firefighters gain access to the second floor of an apartment building on the corner of North Ninth Street and Gomber Avenue where two people were trapped due to heavy smoke from a fire that broke out late Monday morning.  Crews used the city-wide truck to remove residents and transfer them safely to the ground where they were attended to by United Ambulance medical personnel.  Several other residents got out of the house safe and sound.  The official cause of the fire is under investigation.

The official cause of the fire remained under investigation, as city firefighters and a crew from the Cassell Station Fire Department worked to extinguish hot spots in the home.

Traffic scanners from the local emergency services said the fire “reignited” just after 11 a.m., but was quickly extinguished by firefighters after a hole was punched in the roof to gain access to the flames.

It was not known Monday how many people lived in the residence.

Cambridge police were involved in rescue efforts and extinguishing the fire.

No injuries were reported by first responders.

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