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Man rescued in 3-alarm house fire in Taunton

Heavy fire was visible when fire crews arrived at the home at 46 Harrison St. Tuesday night.
Heavy fire was visible when fire crews arrived at the home at 46 Harrison St. Tuesday night.(Taunton Fire Department)

A man was rescued from the second-floor balcony of a multi-family home in Taunton Tuesday night after a 3-alarm fire tore through the residence, causing the roof to collapse, officials said.

Fire crews arrived at 46 Harrison St. around 8:20 p.m. to find large flames and heavy smoke coming from the 2 1/2 story wood-frame home, officials said in a press release.

Three firefighters used a ladder to rescue the man, who was conscious and did not require medical assistance. The firefighters were identified as Tony Burton, John Gulan and Sarah Riendeau, according to the relase.

The first responders used a ladder to rescue a man from the second-floor balcony. The man,

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There were about 35 firefighters, eight engines, and two ladder trucks on scene when the roof collapsed into the building around 10:30 p.m, officials said.

“There were four additional communities on scene and five more providing coverage of the city,” Communications Officer Brian Silveira said.

Raynham, Dighton, Norton, and Rehoboth fire departments were called to provide assistance, officials said.

One Taunton firefighter was treated at the scene for a non-life-threatening heat-related condition, and all residents of the home are believed to have made it out of the building safely, officials said.

Harrison Street and Winthrop Street on Route 44 will both be closed while the scene remains active.

Residents and drivers are asked to seek alternate routes, officials said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

(Taunton Police Department)

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