Thursday, July 18, 2024

Firefighters work Tuesday on Chester Street in North Cambridge. (Photo: Cambridge Fire Department via Twitter)

The tenant who died in a Tuesday fire in North Cambridge was identified Friday as Brian Brandt, 52, of Cambridge, by police and fire officials.

During the 4:40 a.m. incident, witnesses “reported a loud explosion followed by a heavy volume of fire,” city spokesman Jeremy Warnick said. Cambridge Fire Department personnel arrived at 15 Chester St. to find heavy fire and used a ladder to rescue an occupant from a third-floor window while other residents escaped safely after smoke alarms alerted them to danger, officials said.

The fire went to three alarms before it was brought under control at about 5:15 a.m. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a second-floor apartment at the front left of the building, where they entered and found the occupant of the unit – Brandt – dead inside.

Pro EMS took one firefighter to a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. About 15 occupants of the Chester Street apartment building were displaced by the fire, said Cambridge police commissioner Christine Elow, Cambridge acting fire chief Thomas Cahill, state fire marshal Jon Davine and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, they said.