Woman Rescued From Fire in Multi-Family Home in Rockland

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More than 20 residents have been displaced after a fire burned through a multi-family home in Rockland, Massachusetts.

Firefighters responded to the fire on East Water Street shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Multiple alarms were called because the Rockland Fire Department did not have enough firefighters to respond.

"We were a little short on man power, the ambulance was at the hospital at the time of the fire, so only three personnel showed up," said Rockland Fire Chief Scott Duffey.

Fire departments from 12 different communities, along with including state and private agencies, responded came to their aid.

One woman was rescued from the home when she was found unconscious on the third floor. She was taken to South Shore Hospital with undisclosed injuries and is recovering.

"These girls and guys did a great job here tonight it was a lot of hard work, a lot of interior work, a lot of grunt work just opening up ceilings," said Duffey.

A firefighter also suffered a minor injury, according to Duffey.

Fire officials said all residents have been accounted for.

Officials say the fire appears to have started on the second floor. The cause of the fire remains under investigation but Duffey said it appears to have been accidental.

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