On August 17th, just after midnight at 00:30 hours, firefighters from Chelsea fire responded to 32-34 Cottage Street after a 911 call reporting a loud explosion and building fire came in.
Upon arrival, Chelsea Fire Department Car 3 immediately struck a 2nd alarm reporting heavy smoke and fire showing. Within minutes, a report was given that there were trapped children on the third floor and subsequently a third alarm was quickly transmitted.
As Companies diligently worked to contain the blaze, reports of people trapped continued to arise. Command advised Chelsea Fire Alarm that he needed a 4th alarm struck.
EMS was requested to the front of the building as ladder companies were able to make multiple rescues of people trapped on the third floor through windows.
Chelsea Car 3 reported that there was fire on all three floors of 32-34 Cottage St and crews were working to protect the neighboring exposure buildings.
Firefighters continued to pull people out the engulfed building, including children.
While inside two fire fighters were injured. They were then transported to the hospital and are expected to be ok. Four individuals who were rescued from the building were also transported for injuries and expected to make a full recovery.