A quick response, an aggressive attack and a ladder rescue by Everett Fire department companies prevented a fire at 68 Linden Street, on Thursday morning, from becoming a tragedy.
The alarm bells rang about 1:30 am for a report of the fire with people trapped on the second and fourth floors of the four story brick multiunit apartment building.
Capt. Walter Sikora used a ground ladder to rescue a woman on the second floor while many residents where safely evacuated with the assistance of department members.
Deputy Chief Mike Ragucci said he ordered an immediate second alarm on arrival as firefighters from Engines 1, 2, 3 and Ladders 1, 2 went into action.
The fire was contained to one apartment and Ragucci said the EFD knowledge of the building helped the crews make a “good stop” of the blaze.
Most residents returned to their apartments later in the morning as board up crews had the windows covered in plywood by daybreak. Chelsea, Boston and Somerville fire departments assisted at the fire with no reports of injuries.