Massachusetts News

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Firefighters battle 2-alarm scrapyard fire in Peabody

VIDEO: Firefighters battled a two-alarm scrapyard fire in Peabody Tuesday night. After the fire broke out around 9 p.m., crews used a deck gun to spray water onto the rampant flames on Corwin Street. Peabody fire crews on scene warned those nearby about the possibility of explosions from the 12 to 20 vehicles piled on one another. Firefighters struggled to bring water to the blaze, stretching firehoses about a couple hundred yards from a water line. “The biggest issue tonight was water supply, fighting the fire we got multiple calls stating there was heavy heavy smoke at different locations, but they finally pinned it down to here,” said Peabody Fire Chief Jay Dowling. Smoke poured into the night sky and crews were expected to be on scene throughout the evening. No information was immediately available regarding the cause of the fire.
WHDH-TV 7 Boston

Fiery car crash off I-495 in Hopkinton causes injuries

PHOTOS: A car crashed into the woods and caught fire off Interstate 495 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, according to local officials. It wasn't immediately clear what led to the crash, how many people were hurt or how seriously. The Hopkinton Fire Department shared only that the crash took place on I-495 north near mile marker 56, along with photos of a car perched in trees, flames licking from its windows. Neither the Massachusetts Department of Transportation nor Massachusetts State Police immediately shared any information about the crash.
WBTS-CD NBC 10 Nashua

Aftermath of storm causes power outages, damage across Western Massachusetts

State officials have reported several power outages across Western Massachusetts. Aside from the outages there were multiple road closures from downed power lines and fallen trees. Over 14-hundred homes are still without power and at least three houses were damaged by falling trees in Williamsburg. One tree damaged a propane tank, along with a car. The propane tank was unable to be shut off and had to be pumped off by the propane company. As a result of that leak, residents were evacuated, and a temporary shelter was set up for those displaced. There was also a tornado and a severe thunderstorm warning issued for Western Mass but it was been canceled. The MEMA power outage map shows a significant amount of homes in Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties are still without power.
Western Mass News

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

80-year-old man dies in house fire in Revere, officials say

An 80-year-old man has died after being pulled from a house fire in Revere, Massachusetts, on Monday morning. The fire was first reported around 5:45 a.m. in the basement of a home on Patriot Parkway. Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke and occupants informed them that one person -- an 80-year-old man with limited mobility -- was still in the basement. Firefighters entered the building, removed the man from the basement, and began providing CPR. The man was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he later died. "On behalf of the Revere Fire Department, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to this man’s family and loved ones,” Revere Fire Chief Christopher Bright said in a statement. “This was a tragic event for them and our community.”
WBTS-CD NBC 10 Nashua

Barnstable Fire Department receives federal grant for nearly $250k

The Barnstable Fire Department is pleased to announce that on July 12th, 2024 we were notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), that our application for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) had been approved in the amount of $225,174.09 in federal funding. With the additional requirement of local funding by the fire department of 5% ($11,258.71), the total approved amount is $236,432.80. This AFG will be used to replace our aging thermal imaging cameras and provide advanced driver training for our entire department. Grant opportunities such as the AFG allow us to provide quality training and replace essential equipment without placing a financial burden on our small tax base. The Barnstable Fire Department would like to thank FEMA DHS for this continued grant opportunity.

New Bedford firefighters respond to accidental fire

Emergency responders were on scene in New Bedford Sunday for a reported structure fire. According to a Facebook post, the New Bedford Fire Department responded to a report of smoke showing from the north side of the building on 104 County Street. On arrival, a room and contents fire was discovered in a 4th floor bedroom of the apartment. The fire was quickly extinguished, with no extension into the attic space above the bedroom. According to officials, there were no injuries reported at the scene. The fire was investigated, and the cause was found to be accidental.
WLNE-TV ABC 6 New Bedford

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