The cause of a fire that left an elderly woman badly injured and a New Bedford firefighter hurt has been deemed accidental. According to CBS 12 in Providence, firefighters rushed to the Tremont Street home Monday morning to find flames shooting from the windows on the third floor. New Bedford Fire Chief Scott Kruger said three people were rescued from the building, including an elderly woman who’s wheelchair-bound. In a social media post, the department said Lt. Steven Torres “was able to shield the elderly victim with his protective gear during the rescue.” The department hasn’t identified the firefighter that was injured, however, Firematic Supply Company said in a social media post that Torres suffered “burns to his neck.” The elderly woman was rushed to the hospital in serious condition while two other men were also rescued from the burning building, but were not injured.
While the fire does not appear to be suspicious, according to Kruger, the cause remains under investigation.