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Massachusetts State Police, firefighters, rescue elderly occupants from burning high-rise; two Troopers sent to the hospital



Photos courtesy of Massachusetts State Police

Responders rescued several elderly occupants from a burning high-rise on Tuesday.

According to Massachusetts State Police, at 2 p.m., the State Police Barracks on Revere Beach began receiving multiple calls reporting a fire at a high-rise apartment building at 370 Ocean Ave., which runs behind Revere Beach Boulevard. Troopers Christopher Kane and Stephen Thomson, who are assigned to the Barracks, along with Trooper Joseph Diliegro from the MSP Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section and Trooper Xhuljo Hysa, who is assigned to the Logan Airport Barracks, arrived on scene and entered the burning building.

Trooper Thomson, along with Revere Police officers climbed to the 15th floor, above the fire, and began evacuating residents. Troopers Kane and Diliegro ascended to the 12th floor and began evacuating residents from floor 12 downward.

Trooper Hysa entered the building with other Revere officers. While ascending the stairs, he encountered an elderly woman who was helping her child in a wheelchair out of the building. Trooper Hysa and a Revere Police Lieutenant escorted the woman and her son safely down and out of the building.

Upon exiting the building, approximately 30 minutes into the incident, Troopers learned that an elderly man remained on the 6th floor. The man was on an oxygen tank and was unable to get out on his own. Troopers Thomson and Kane ran back into the building and climbed to the 6th floor, where they located the man. With help from Revere Firefighters, they were able to assist the gentleman from the building and get him to EMS personnel, who were waiting with an oxygen system to treat him.

All four Troopers sustained some degree of exposure to smoke and carbon monoxide. Troopers Kane and Thomson are being treated at CHA-Everett (Whidden Hospital).

Revere Fire and mutual aid agencies controlled and suppressed the fire.

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