UPDATED: Enfield Woman Rescued From Burning Home

A Massachusetts man pounded on her door and helped her get out safely.


Listen to the fire department radio from the time of the initial dispatch.


A Massachusetts resident may have saved the life of an Enfield woman who was sleeping while a fire was ravaging her home Friday morning.

Greg Devine of Longmeadow was driving on Enfield Street when he saw a considerable amount of smoke coming from a house on Park Avenue.

"I saw the smoke and decided to stop, and some ladies on the porch said they had called 911," Devine said from the

Devine said no one answered when he knocked on the door of the first floor of the three-family home, so he went to the second floor. There, he banged on the door and woke a resident, identified by NBC 30 as Molly Porter, who had been sleeping as smoke began filling her home.

"There was a lot of smoke in that room, and embers were coming out fast, so I made sure she got out," Devine said.

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Porter's father said of Devine, "He is a true hero."

Garrick Orsatti, who lives on the first floor, said he was at work when neighbors called to tell him about the fire.

"The second floor has two cats, and they are okay," Orsatti said. "The third floor also has a cat, but I'm not sure about it, because the residents there have not returned yet. Everybody got out, which is a great thing. All that's lost is stuff, but stuff you can replace."

The fire was reported at 8:56 a.m., and responded to the scene. The blaze apparently started on the second floor of the wood frame home, which was built in 1915, according to Enfield public land records.

"Once it blew out the front windows, it took over the second and third floor porches, and extended to the third floor," said Mark Zarcaro, public information officer for the Enfield fire departments.

Firefighters were hampered by a strong wind from the west, "which caused the fire to intensify until companies were able to get large attack lines and deck guns into operation," Zarcaro said.

Thick black smoke at times blocked the bright sun.

Fire officials reported the blaze was under control around 11 a.m., but crews remained on the scene to deal with "hot spots". The building will most likely need to be demolished, a fire official said.

David Longhi, who owns the property, said, "I spent three years renovating the house, and everything was perfect."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Lindsay Caouette April 27, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I drove by just after the first of the fire trucks were arriving. My first thought was the wind and how difficult it would be to fight a fire on a day like today. I am so glad to know that everyone made it out. Thanks to a very brave passer by and our fire crews that work so hard. Thank you to all our public servants.
Trisha Muller April 27, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Makes u appreciate the little problems that mIght have come your way today. God bless the families affected and pray that they get the help they desperately need. There is always someone who wishes they had the Problems In life that we endure. Thank you for those who stepped up and helped those in need
Kerrie April 27, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I live on Park Ave, it really was a terrible sight. I'm still amazed the firefighters were able to save the surrounding homes. They deserve a big thank-you! The girl that lives on the second floor was able to get her cats out, but not her turtle :( And we are pretty sure the cat on the third floor didn't make it out. I feel so bad for these people, it's just heart breaking.
Cheryl Davis April 28, 2012 at 01:30 PM
My house was one of the two on each side of this fire and I can not tell you how grateful I am to these guys. Tim was the only journalist that showed the victims any kind of dignity during this time. Thank you Tim for approaching me and asking if I would approach my nieghbors and ask if they would talk before blindsiding them like all the other news media! You are awesome.
Colby Laviana May 01, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Colby and Sarah We would like to personally thank the gentleman who stopped and went into the burning building and woke our friend on the second floor, he is an angel that saved her life and deserves recognition!! THANK YOU!!!


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