The Boston Fire Commissioner confirmed that one person was killed in a blaze that erupted at a Brighton home Thursday.
Leo Silva, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene after firefighters responded to the four-alarm fire. His body was found in the basement after working to help others escape.
Fire Commissioner Joseph Finn said the fire broke out at about 7:30 a.m. and spread to the roof and the building next door. The fire burned on the roof of a home at 105 Murdock Street around. Fourteen people reportedly lived in the home.
The home next door suffered some damage from the fire because the buildings were so close together.
A neighbor heading off to work stopped to save a woman from the burning building.
Investigators said the fire started in a first-floor kitchen in the back and quickly spread up and next door, sending residents of both buildings into alert.
"There was just smoke everywhere, I couldn't see anything. I just wanted to make sure my roommates weren't home," said Jenny Wheel, a resident.
Mike Grant ran to the scene with his own 32-foot ladder.
"It was desperate. It was not something you think about, you just do it," Grant said.
He spotted a teenage girl on the edge of a window and raised his ladder to get to her before firefighters arrived.
"I thought she was spider woman because she stood on a piece of wood this big, and held on for her life outside the window. By the time we came halfway down, there was flames out that window," Grant said.
Firefighters said a large family of more than a dozen lived in apartments on the third floor and attic. They said a man from that family kept going back in to make sure everyone escaped, but investigators said he apparently got disoriented and found himself trapped in the basement, where he died.
"He certainly had opportunity to get himself out. And he went back and forth a couple times to extract his family members, it appears," said Finn.
Investigators said five firefighters and four civilians were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, two of them when their car was hit by a fire truck racing to the scene.
"Everybody was a hero there this morning, everybody who was there that helped," Finn said.
Damage to the two homes was estimated at $850,000.
The cause of the fire appears to be an electrical short in one of the kitchens.