Massachusetts News

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

3 dogs killed during house fire in East Bridgewater

Three dogs were killed in a fire that broke out at a home overnight in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, fire officials in the town told news outlets at the scene. A passerby called 911 when they noticed flames coming from the home on Whitman Street just before 1 a.m., and when firefighters arrived, they began to attack the fire, East Bridgewater Fire Chief Timothy Harhen said. Heavy fire was burning on the left side of the building, around the garage and the kitchen. Crews got word that two people who lived at the home were unaccounted for, but it turned out they were both at work, Chief Harhen said. Three dogs, however, were killed in the fire, according to the chief. The house has been determined to be a total loss, and the American Red Cross is helping the people displaced.
WBTS-TV NBC 10 Nashua

2-alarm fire in Lowell displaces 12

Fire crews battled a two-alarm fire on West Sixth Street Monday afternoon that left 12 people displaced from a residential apartment building. Lowell Deputy Fire Chief Tim Casey said at the scene that the fire was called in at 1:18 p.m. after smoke and flames were seen coming out of a first-floor window of the building and climbing up the side. The flames were extinguished by 2 p.m. No injuries were reported among residents or firefighters. Casey said that when firefighters responded they had been told of a possible trapped person in the building, but that nobody was located during a search after the fire was extinguished. The cause of the fire has not been officially determined, and is still under investigation, Casey said.
The Lowell Sun - Metered Site

Fuel truck backs into gas pump in Wareham

On Monday, June 5th, at about 10:30 p.m., Engine 1, Engine 4 and C3 (Asst. Chief Rogers) responded to a report of a gas pump fire at the Cumberland Farms on Cranberry Highway in West Wareham. Engine 1 arrived on scene and determined that the fire was already extinguished by the fire suppression system which was automatically activated by the fire at the pump. The fire was caused by a fuel truck backing into the station to offload fuel when it struck the pump & knocked it over starting the fire. Firefighters checked for any further hazards. The store and gas pumps will be closed until the area has been cleaned and inspected. Captain Micky Bird was the incident commander and there were no injuries.

Wareham and Onset fire departments sit down for friendly game of volleyball

The Wareham Fire Department hosed the Onset Fire Department in a three-game volleyball match on Monday, June 5, but Onset didn’t take its defeat sitting down... or did it? The fire departments faced each other in three games of chair volleyball, a modified version of the sport played entirely while sitting down, at the Council on Aging. Before the games, Council on Aging Director Sharon Rice listed the rules: “No spiking. You must keep at least one side of your body on the chair at any time. You can cheer, but please keep it G-rated.” “It was a good time,” Wareham Fire Chief John Kelley said. “It’s for bragging rights for public safety.” Workers from both fire departments played alongside community members while spectators snacked on cake and popcorn. The final scores of the three games were 15-6, 15-3 and 15-10.
Wareham Week

Monday, June 5, 2023

VIDEO: Lightning strike likely caused fire that destroyed historic Spencer church

An historic church in Spencer was destroyed in a fire that was apparently started after the steeple was struck by lightning. The First Congregational Church of Spencer stood on Main Street for 280 years as a place of worship. It quickly went up in flames after a thunderstorm Friday afternoon. Investigators believe the fire started in the steeple before it collapsed onto the rest of the church, which had opened in 1743. Firefighters were able to pull back in time before the steeple fell apart in the flames. "All I heard was a big boom, I don't like thunderstorms and I was scared and when I came out I couldn't even believe the church was on fire. It was terrible," said witness Krystal Sanchez. "It's not what we want ever," said Pastor Dr. Bruce MacLeod. "It could have been horrific." McLeod said parishioners are "broken hearted."
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

2 Taken to the Hospital After House Fire in Medford

Two people were sent to the hospital after fire broke out at a three-family home in Medford, Massachusetts, on Saturday morning. Firefighters said the fire at the home on Princeton and Dartmouth streets started around 10:30 a.m. on the third floor. It took about two hours to get it under control. No serious injuries were reported, though two people were taken to the hospital to be checked out. They are expected to be OK. About eight people live in the home, which has fire damage to its top floor. "Everybody came out OK, I saw a lot of people in pajamas," witness John Femimo told NBC10 Boston. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WBTS-TV NBC 10 Nashua

Trees Fall On Multiple Houses While Lightning Sets Shed Ablaze In Stow

It was a busy day for Stow Fire Department on Friday as they received calls almost simultaneously of smoke, lightning strikes setting fires, and trees falling on homes during the storm. At around 3:40 p.m., Stow Firefighters searched the area of 268 Great Road as the intense storm passed through after getting reports of smoke in the area. Firefighters discovered a burning shed that had been struck with lightning which caused it to set ablaze, Stow Fire Department said. While first responders worked to battle the fire, they received calls that a large tree had struck a home at 150 Barton Road. The tree had fallen onto the house and knocked over the chimney. Stow Fire had gotten reports that someone was missing at the Barton Road scene, but the person was later located unharmed.
WBZ-AM 1030 Boston

Fire crews respond to house fire in Eastham

On Friday, June 2 at approximately 6:59 PM, the Eastham Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 30 Circle Drive. Upon reports of heavy fire by first arriving Eastham Police officers, additional resources were requested from the Orleans, Wellfleet, Brewster, and Harwich Fire Departments with Chatham and Yarmouth Departments providing station coverage. First arriving companies had the fire knocked down within 15 minutes. No injuries were reported. State Fire Marshal is assisting with the investigation.

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