SAUGUS, MASS. (WHDH) – One person is dead and another is critically injured after a three-alarm fire tore through a home in Saugus early Saturday morning, fire officials said.
Crews responding to a report of a fire on Richard Street around 5:30 a.m. found heavy flames shooting out of the front of a home. Heavy smoke could be seen billowing into the air as firefighters worked to combat the flames.
Two elderly residents were found on the first floor, according to Saugus Fire Department Deputy Chief Thomas D’Eon Jr. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to an area hospital, where they remain in critical condition.
Neighbors say the woke up to a bang and looked outside to see a large fire consuming the Richard Street home.
“I heard a loud sound and there was a lot of smoke, I looked outside and I realized the house next door was on fire. So I told my parents, ‘Get out, call 911,’ ” one neighbor said.
The fire has since been knocked down.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal, Saugus Fire Department, and Massachusetts State Police.
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