Friday’s massive fire on Morris Street that injured two firefighters and one resident was likely the result of conditions brought about by building and fire code violations, according to state and city officials. The investigation is continuing as Everett residents came together on social media and traditional ways in support of the firefighters who were burned and hospitalized.
48-year old Scott Dalrymple and 27-year old Joshua Doyon from Ladder 2 were burned in the huge blaze that broke out in the three-story home at 1:45 Friday afternoon. Both men were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital by Cataldo Ambulance which is located around corner from the engulfed home.
Speculation as to the cause of the fire—conditions brought about by building and fire code violations—was bandied about as city resident expressed concern for the injured. Doyon suffered burns to his ears and neck and was able to leave the hospital Friday night. Dalrymple remained hospitalized Saturday with second- and third-degree burns to his hands and abdomen, according to a published report.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria witnesses the fire. “I want to applaud and thank our fire department and the surrounding community fire departments for their brave and hard work,” he said on Facebook. “I…ask for your prayers and well wishes for speedy and full recoveries of firefighters Scott Dalrymple and Josh Doyon who both sustained injuries while responding to the fire…These two men and the rest of the men and women are true heroes and risked their lives to save both residents and the house,” he said.
City Councilor Michael McLaughlin expressed concern about the injured firefighters and resident and the 19 or so people displaced by the fire. “I pray each of them all the best on moving forward from such a sad and horrible situation”
Without commenting on the cause of the fire because it is still under investigation, he noted the importance of compliance with building and fire codes. “I once again believe this fire shows the greater need communities have for strong code enforcement, one that is on the streets and in the neighborhoods every day. In my opinion, code enforcement is one department that we can never invest too much into and fully support their work,” he said.