An infant, a young child and a man were killed early this morning in a fire at a multi-family home at 100 Robertson St., Quincy. Fire officials are saying the blaze started in the basement and spread to the first floor. A woman who was also in the basement apartment at 100 Robertson St. was removed and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
A man and two young children died despite “aggressive” efforts by firefighters to rescue them from their burning West Quincy apartment early today.
A woman who was also in the basement apartment at 100 Robertson St. was removed and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The younger child, an infant, was taken to Quincy Medical Center and pronounced dead.
Firefighters made an “aggressive rescue attempt” going through heavy fire and thick smoke to reach the four people, Deputy Fire Chief Gary Smith said.
He said firefighters quickly put out the fire and stopped it from spreading from the basement.
The two-story white Colonial-style building houses six apartments. Appraisal records list the homeowners as Jinny Xiu Ma and Andy Huang.
Mostafa Oubtrou, who lives on the top floor, said his wife awoke smelling smoke at about 3 a.m.
Oubtrou said he did not hear any smoke alarms but when he opened the apartment door he found smoke in the hallway.
He woke his two girls, ages 1 and 10, and evacuated the building, then returned to help his wife when he found she was not outside yet.
Oubtrou said he could tell the fire was in the basement apartment. He pounded on the door, but nobody responded.
Mohammed Rhemmes who lives with his wife and young child also said that he did not hear any smoke alarms. He said the smell of smoke alerted him to the fire. “I’m lucky to be alive,” he said.
Mark Pierce said he was awakened by a smoke alarm and in his second-floor apartment.
“There was a great deal of smoke in the hallway,” he said.
Pierce, his wife and dog escaped, but they were unable to find their two cats, which firefighters later brought outside.
“We definitely feel grateful in light of the fatalities. It’s a horrible thing, especially those infants,” Pierce said.
Fire marshals are currently at the scene to determine the cause of the blaze.
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