A three-alarm fire on Oak Street in Springfield nearly turned deadly when two firefighters were pinned underneath a ceiling that collapsed, pinning them to the ground.
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Fire Commissioner B.J. Calvi said they train around the clock for these situations, so when they do happen, everyone knows their job.
“It happened really quickly,” said Toni Stabilo. “It was scary, it really was.”
Seven people and three dogs are displaced, and officials said the home is unlivable. But a scary situation could have been tragic as a ceiling collapsed on two firefighters pinning them against the ground as they battled the fire.
“There was a mayday struck for two firefighters, who were trapped so a third alarm was struck,” said Capt. Drew Piemonte.
“Ceilings fall on us a lot of the time, but when it actually pins to the floor is the next level above,” said Commissioner Calvi.
The officers were able to quickly free themselves and escape with no injuries.
“In this case it was probably about 40 seconds, so a lot happens in that compressed timeframe,” said Commissioner Calvi.
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