A husband and wife are in the hospital after a multi-family home went up in flames in Peabody, Massachusetts.
Five people were inside the two-family home when the fire broke out at 60 Ellsworth Road early Wednesday morning. Firefighters were fighting the blaze from the outside, according to the Peabody deputy fire chief, as parts of the building collapsed.
The husband and wife reside in a first floor unit. The man was rushed via MedFlight to a Boston hospital with burn injuries while the woman was taken to a local hospital. Three people who live on the second floor were able to get out safely.
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Members of the State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit assigned to the State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating with Peabody Fire Department.
The Peabody Fire Department was called to the structure fire around 2:45 a.m. The scene remained active early Wednesday morning with fire departments from surrounding cities including Salem and Lynn helping to put out hot spots.
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"It's in the walls, we had a collapse in the rear of the building, the roof collapsed. We're not going in, just surround and drown. Throw water on it. I'm not going to put the guys in any danger," Deputy Chief Jay Dowling said.
Video footage taken by a neighbor showed firefighters initially trying to enter the building after they arrived on scene to rescue the people inside.
"The whole left side was on fire and there was smoke pouring out the back," neighbor Matt Jalbert said. "It looked like they actually had it under control for a little bit and then I got up this morning and it was still going."
The home is located on Ellsworth Road near the corner of Thorndike Road, right near the Center Elementary School. Officials decided to issue a two hour delay due to the fire.
No further information was immediately available.