November 30, 2023


City firefighters rescued a couple from the roof of burning house Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Emergency crews at 2:45 p.m. were called to 123-25 Dean St.

The front of the duplex, which is owned by John and Jennifer Crisan of 125 Dean St., already was engulfed in flames upon firefighters’ arrival.

Initial reports indicated that two occupants of 123 Dean St. — Robert and Denise Matteson — were on a roof of the rear portion of the house, firefighters said.

Ground ladders were used in the couple’s rescue, and Denise Matteson was taken to Rome Memorial Hospital for smoke inhalation, officials said.

Another ladder was placed upon 125 Dean St. with assistance from neighbors for another possible rescue, but the remaining occupant there was assisted by firefighters and exited via interior stairs.

American Red Cross officials were called to the scene and assisted seven residents of 123 Dean St. and three from 125 Dean St., officials said.

Firefighters had the fire under control in about 45 minutes, and helped limit major damage to the building. There was fire and smoke damage to the front porch, vinyl siding and first and second floors of 123 Dean St. There was minor smoke and water damage to 125 Dean St.

There was about $75,000 worth of damage to the building and its contents, firefighters said. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

National Grid and Rome police also were at the scene.

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