Fire Damages Ninth Floor Apartment, High-Rise Evacuated
A fire on the ninth floor of a Mystic Place tower left all of its residents temporarily out in the cold.
A fire at a high rise near the Meadow Glen Mall Monday night temporarily displaced all of the building's residents and left one unit with heavy fire damage, fire officials said.
Just before 9 p.m., the first responders from Medford Fire Department arrived at Mystic Place Apartments located at 3610 Mystic Valley Parkway. Inside a ninth floor unit, they found heavy smoke and fire in the kitchen area, Deputy fire Chief Patrick Ripley said.
The fire was put out by the sprinkler system, though hoses were briefly used, Ripley said. No one was injured, he said. Fire crews from Somerville, Cambridge and Malden all responded to the scene and worked smoothly, Ripley said.
"Everyone did a good job," he said.
A lobby in one of the three other towers was opened so residents could warm up. Ripley said they hoped to let most residents back into their units later Monday evening, but no time was set.
Angela Correnti, who lives on the 11th floor, was watching Dancing with the Stars when the fire alarm began to sound. At first, she thought it was just the alarm being tested - but it didn't stop.
She heard heavy footsteps and voices that yelled, "There's a fire in the building."
"I went out my door and all I saw was smoke," Correnti said.
Building resident John Monfra said the fire department came quickly and reached everyone in the building.
"They got everyone out quick," he said.
The biggest challenge the fire crews faced was ventilating the building, Ripley said. The unit that caught fire suffered heavy smoke, fire and water damage, while units on the eighth and tenth floor also had smoke damage, he said. Some units on the eighth floor also suffered water damage.
Many elderly and disabled people live in the high rise, and fire fighters and EMTs had to assist about 35 people leaving the building, Ripley said.
A fire investigator was on scene late Monday, but a cause had not yet been determined.
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