Natick firefighters make 'heroic' rescue during apartment fire on Village Way

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Natick firefighters talk after an overnight fire heavily damaged several units in a multi-unit apartment at 5 Village Way in Natick, Dec. 18, 2021.
Natick firefighters talk after an overnight fire heavily damaged several units in a multi-unit apartment at 5 Village Way in Natick, Dec. 18, 2021.

NATICK — An early morning fire Saturday at 5 Village Way sent two people to the hospital and displaced several others.

Natick firefighters made a "heroic" rescue of one victim, Deputy Fire Chief Daniel Dow said. Two people were taken by ambulances to nearby hospitals.

The fire resulted in extensive damage to the first floor with moderate smoke and heat damage throughout the rest of the building, said Dow.

Twelve units within the building are no longer habitable, he added, although two of them were vacant.

A firefighter looks in a window after an overnight fire tore through a multi-unit apartment at 5 Village Way in Natick on Dec. 18, 2021. Two people were taken to area hospitals with injuries.
A firefighter looks in a window after an overnight fire tore through a multi-unit apartment at 5 Village Way in Natick on Dec. 18, 2021. Two people were taken to area hospitals with injuries.

Just before 4 a.m., firefighters received a call for fire and smoke alarms. When they arrived, there was heavy fire pouring out from the first-floor apartment. When firefighters began to extinguish the fire, they were notified that there were possibly two people in need of rescue.

“One was outside on the ground and the other was inside the apartment, and Natick Fire was able to rescue the victim through the first-floor window,” said Dow. Flames ripped through the room when firefighters broke through the window, went in, picked the victim up and pulled her out, he said.

The person outside suffered from smoke inhalation after first running into the apartment to rescue the other person, but returned outside when they were unable to breathe, said Dow.

An overnight fire caused heavy damage to several units at a multi-unit apartment at 5 Village Way in Natick, Dec. 18, 2021.
An overnight fire caused heavy damage to several units at a multi-unit apartment at 5 Village Way in Natick, Dec. 18, 2021.

The person rescued from inside the apartment, a woman, was taken by ambulance to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, while the other person was taken to MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, according to Dow.

Both suffered from smoke inhalation, he said, but he did not know the extent of their injuries.

Everyone else occuplying the apartment building was able to get out, he said. Firefighters didn't find anyone else during a search of the building.

Firefighters stand by after an overnight fire ripped through a multi-unit apartment at 5 Village Way in Natick, Dec. 18, 2021.
Firefighters stand by after an overnight fire ripped through a multi-unit apartment at 5 Village Way in Natick, Dec. 18, 2021.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Massachusetts Fire District 14 Regional Fire Investigation Team and the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

“It was really outstanding work by the Natick Fire Department,” said Dow. “The victim in the first apartment was alive when they were transported, due to their heroic rescue effort.”

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This article originally appeared on MetroWest Daily News: Natick firefighters rescue woman from apartment fire, several displaced

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