Monday, December 14, 2009

Firefighter rescues homeless squatter from blaze

A 63-year-old Boston firefighter, making his way up a stairway through black smoke, pulled a homeless man to safety from a burning warehouse in South Boston.

John Smith, a firefighter for 40 years, was being hailed as a hero for rescuing the man from the two-alarm blaze.

"There was heavy smoke," Smith said. "You couldn’t see your hand in front of your face."

Smith said the man, who had been squatting in the building, was disoriented from the smoke.

However, the man, identified as Jean Jaquez Eve, 49, was arrested after being rescued. Eve was wanted after failing to appear in court on an August 2008 charge of open and gross lewdness for urinating in public, Boston police said.

The warehouse was sectioned off by the squatters into several illegal mini-apartments that were strewn with debris. Electrical power was brought into the building by illegally bypassing the power meter and jumping cables directly from the electrical lines coming into the building.

Read the Boston Globe report here.

Thanks to @hardlynormal for the link.

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