VIDEO: Fire Chief Michael Williams has seen and fought his fair share of fires in his 34-year career in Brockton.
But when it comes to 2 1/2-story homes, few fires rival the difficulty of the one battled late Monday night in the city.
"This is one of the toughest fires I've ever fought in a 2 1/2-story home," Williams said at the scene. "It all relates back to that wind condition. We had a really hard time containing the fire and then extinguishing it. I can only attribute that to the wind conditions."
With fire shooting through windows and the roof and winds whipping, firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze in a two-family home late Monday night and into early Tuesday morning.
The Brockton Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 582-584 Crescent St. at about 10:55 p.m.
The first firefighters on scene found smoke coming from the rear of the home. They then located fire at the back of the home, Williams said. The fire then quickly began shooting through second-floor windows of the home.