Haverhill Firefighter Receives Injuries at Two-Alarm Condominium Blaze in Bradford

The scene at 9 Myles Standish Drive, Haverhill. Photograph courtesy of Dylan Conway. Used with permission.

A Haverhill firefighter received, what were described as “minor injuries” while battling a two-alarm fire Saturday in Bradford.

Haverhill Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien told WHAV the unidentified firefighter “twisted his back” while on the roof of a 13-unit condominium building at 9 Myles Standish Drive in Haverhill’s Bradford section. All residents, estimated by officials at 28 people, safely escaped.

The Haverhill Fire Department was dispatched just after 2 p.m., Saturday, after receiving a telephone call reporting smoke in the building, which is located just off S. Main Street. When firefighters arrived, they reported visible flames from the attic.

O’Brien said the fire appears to be an electrical issue and began in an attic crawl space. Firefighters had access from an interior, rear staircase. As is customary, the chief added, another crew opened the roof to ventilate smoke.

Residents are not allowed back into the building until after city inspectors determine what is needed in each of the building’s three sections to safely return. O’Brien said electric and gas utilities were cut as a precaution.

On-site mutual aid was delivered by Groveland, Salem, N.H., and North Andover. Providing station coverage were fire crews from Lawrence, Methuen, Georgetown and Merrimac.

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