RAYNHAM — Chief Bryan LaCivita reports that the Raynham Fire Department extinguished a fire in an apartment on Friday night where a man suffered serious burns to his leg.
At approximately 5:10 p.m., the Raynham Fire Department responded to an apartment building at 111 Leonard St.
Upon arrival, firefighters located a smoldering fire inside an apartment and quickly put it out. A 51-year-old man, who is a resident of the apartment, put out the flames with a fire extinguisher prior to the arrival of firefighters.
The 51-year-old man was complaining of leg pain at the scene. The man had suffered a serious burn to his leg. He was transported by ambulance to a parking lot on Paramount Drive where he was subsequently picked up by a medical helicopter and flown to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Raynham Fire Department with assistance from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The two residents of the apartment will be displaced.
The Raynham Police Department assisted on the call, along with the Bridgewater Fire Department who assisted at the helicopter landing zone and provided station coverage. The Providence Canteen also responded to the scene to provide food and drinks to the first responders.
The incident was the second requiring a response from a medical helicopter in Raynham in about an hour after a crash on Route 138 earlier that afternoon.
“I want to commend our firefighters and the police department for their quick and effective response to these two serious incidents,” Chief LaCivita said. “Due to their efforts, the injured individuals are getting the medical care they need.”