ACTON — Chief Robert Hart reports that the Acton Fire Department responded to two simultaneous incidents today, including a medical emergency at a home swimming poolresulting in a medical helicopter transport and a building fire at a lumber yard.
At about 10:30 a.m.,members of the Acton Fire Department responded to a Newtown Road home for a report of an injured swimmer in a backyard pool. After being treated on-scene, the victim — a 12-year-old girl — was ultimately transported by Boston MedFlight to a Boston hospital in serious condition.
While responding to the swimming incident, the Acton Fire Department was also called to respond to a reported fire at a lumber yard at 11:06 a.m.
Upon arrival at the scene of the fire, crews from Ladder 28 and Engine 21 observed fire showing from the roof of a lumber storage building. Crews from the Boxborough, Concord and Littleton Fire Departments responded to the scene as well, while the Maynard, Stow and Westford Fire Departments provided station coverage.
The Department of Fire Services rehab unit responded to the scene, providing firefighters with respite from the heat.
Acton Police also responded to both scenes and provided support.
Through a collaborative effort by all the crews on scene, the fire was largely knocked down shortly before 11:30 a.m. There were no injuries as a result of the fire. The building inspector was called to the scene to determine the extent of the damage.
“I want to extend a sincere thank you to the Acton Fire personnel who handled two serious calls simultaneously and with the utmost professionalism. I also want to thank the Acton Police Department and all of the firefighters from neighboring communities who provided support today,” Chief Hart said. “The DFS rehab unit was also an invaluable asset at the fire scene, giving firefighters a much-needed break from the heat outdoors.”
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the District 14 Fire Investigations Unit.