Man hospitalized with serious burns after trooper rescues him from fir…

Man hospitalized with serious burns after trooper rescues him from fir…

MIDDLEBORO, MASS. (WHDH) – A man has been hospitalized with serious burns after a state police trooper rescued him from a fire at a veterans’ home in Middleboro early Tuesday morning.

Trooper John Hagerty from the Middleboro barracks had been patrolling the area of West Grove Street around 1:15 a.m. when he noticed that Acorn Hill Home was on fire, state police said.

Hagerty walked around the home and saw about 10 people exiting from the right side, according to Middleboro Fire Chief Lance Benjamino.

He learned that one person, identified as a 33-year-old man, remained inside on the third floor on the left side of the house.

“(Hagerty) threw a ground ladder that happened to be there and assisted the man out the window,” Benjamino said.

The victim suffered serious burns to his body and was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where he remains in the intensive care unit, Benjamino additional.

Hagerty was taken to Morton Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and has since been released, state police said.

Trooper John Hagerty

“Our thoughts are with the victim this morning,” state police wrote on Twitter. “We’re proud of Tpr Hagerty and grateful to all who responded and assisted.”

Two additional residents were evaluated at the scene but declined to be transported to the hospital, according to Benjamino.

There were no reported injuries to firefighters.

The home has been deemed a total loss.

The American Red Cross is assisting the 13 residents who were displaced due to the blaze.

The cause remains under investigation but officials say candles may be to blame.

This is a developing story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest updates.

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