Assistant Fire Chief Michael Patterson told Patch that while the investigation into the cause of the Wednesday night's 3-alarm fire at 8 Baron Park Lane is still ongoing it appears likely it was related to cooking. He said the Burlington Fire Prevention Bureau is actively investigating the cause and it is possible there will be an answer tomorrow afternoon.
Patterson also said it appears unlikely at this time that any occupants will be allowed back into their apartments today. There was a lot of water damage and the apartment where the fire started is above the building's electrical components housing. Patterson said all of the electrical systems have to be tested and deemed viable before anyone can move back in.
The occupant of the apartment where Wednesday night's 3-alarm fire at 8 Baron Park Lane began is currently being treated for burns and smoke inhalation, Burlington Fire Department Chief Yetman told Patch today.
Yetman said that after the male resident was pulled from the building he was transported by ambulance to Lahey Clinic by the Woburn Fire Department. He was then transported to the Massachusetts General Hospital burn warden. He suffered both smoke inhalation and burns.
In total three people were rescued by ladders by emergency crews. The only person transported was the apartment occupant.
The Building's Condition
Yetman said the apartment building sustained smoke, fire and water damage. The second-floor apartment where the fire started sustained all three types of damage. The third floor apartment above it also sustained fire damage. There is also smoke damage throughout the second and third floors and water damage to the second and first floors.
To complicate matter, the room below the apartment where the fire started is where the building's electrical components are housed, Yetman said. Crews are currently testing those components for their viability. The gas and electricity was shut off when emergency crews arrived on scene Wednesday night.
Yetman said some people may be allowed back into their apartments today, at least to gather items, but he did not know exactly when that might happen. Currently members of the Red Cross are on scene to assist those who were displaced.
Yetman said the cause of the fire has not been definitely determined and that the State Fire Marshall and the Burlington Fire Prevention Bureau are working on determining the cause. They will also interview the occupant when possible.