Roommates escape from burning home in the nick of time

By: Melissa Toupin

Roommates Matt Podolsky and Jon Fabrizio were sound asleep in their Attleboro basement apartment when it began filling with thick black smoke. The two narrowly escaped the fast moving 3-alarm fire that tore through the multi-family home at 88 Main St. just after 6 am.

“It almost got to the point where I couldn't see anything, so I was on my hands and knees on the floor,” said Podolsky.

The fire began just feet from his door. Podolsky jumped into action after hearing his alarm clock go off and woke up Fabrizio. They had no time to spare.

“I jumped out of bed and peaked around the corner and sure enough the whole stove… and window were on fire,” said Fabrizio.

The men were able to escape in the nick of time. From the safety of the sidewalk they took cell phone video of the fire. At one point you can clearly see a ball of fire pouring out of the kitchen window.

“the moment I walked out the front door the glass from the window just shattered out in the flames just shot out from there,” said Podolsky.

The men were only able to escape with the clothes on their backs. They didn't even have shoes.

Firefighters worked through the morning to contain the fire which was brought under control around 8:30 am. The multi-family home suffered extensive damage. The tenants, 10 in all, will have to find another place to stay. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

One cat also escaped the fire. A second did not make it out.

Two firefighters were injured while battling the fire. One was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. The second for burns to his face. Both are expected to be okay.

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