An off-duty Newton firefighter was hailed a hero today after he rushed into a burning house, with no protective gear, raced up to the second floor and rescued a family of three.
Firefighter Nick McGrath entered the multi-family house at 16 Auburndale Ave. and broke down the family's door after a woman running out of the first floor told him that people were still inside, Newton Fire Chief Bruce Proia said tonight.
The husband, wife, and their young child were unaware that a fire was quickly beginning to rage, he said. McGrath made sure the three were safe, before he ran back inside to check the third floor of the three-decker for anyone else who might be inside.
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