A man allegedly attacked an officer with scissors, lit his apartment on fire and refused to leave the building, prompting a standoff with police overnight in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The triple-decker apartment building, located at 6 Moen Street, was charred and damaged after the fire broke out around 12:30 a.m. Monday.
Luis Ramirez, 25, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, four counts of attempted murder and arson.
Bernard Jones, who lives on the top floor of the building, told NBC10 Boston that the fire started after an argument between police and Ramirez, who lives on the second floor.
"I heard banging, the next thing you know I look outside, the cops are chasing my neighbor around, he went in the house, next thing you know, the house is on fire," Jones said.
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Add ambulance operators to the growing list of companies having trouble finding workers.
The Massachusetts Ambulance Association estimates the number of staffed vehicles has declined by more than a third since 2015, with the decline accelerating during the pandemic. Most other states are facing a similar decline.
The “nation’s EMS system is facing a crippling workforce shortage,” the American Ambulance Association told Congress in October.
The shortage is affecting patients across the country. Some remain in the hospital for an extra day waiting for a ride to a rehab facility. Nursing home residents are missing cancer treatment and MRI appointments. And patients who need specialized care are sometimes stuck waiting for a lift in community hospitals.
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PHOTOS: On Saturday evening, the Lynn Museum hosted a presentation on a dark chapter of the city’s history that nevertheless burns bright in memory.
On the night before the 40th anniversary of the Second Great Lynn Fire, retired Nashua, N.H. Fire Chief Rick Conway, son of retired Lynn Deputy Fire Chief William Conway, shared a slideshow presentation on the 1981 conflagration to a group of retired and current firefighters from the city and beyond using photos that predominantly came from his father’s collection.
“When the call came in, my father woke me up and said they’re going down to lower Broad Street for a fire,” Rick Conway said. “We sat listening to the scanner in my room and … we both got up, got dressed and even before we were dressed and out of the house, (former District Chief Paul) Kirby had five alarms in and (there were) six in and maybe the seventh before we even got there.”
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Two people were displaced after a heavy fire broke out at a house in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston late Friday night.
The Boston Fire Department responded to the Hannon Street fire at about 11:15 p.m.
There were no reported injuries, according to the fire department, and they said the exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Detail companies remained on the scene to monitor any hot spots, after the heavy fire was knocked down and firefighters vented smoke.
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Fire officials are investigating the cause of a commercial building blaze in Worcester late Friday night.
Crews responding to an activated fire alarm on Main Street found smoke pouring out of the building.
Sprinkler heads were activated in the basement of the building and, after searching, crews discovered a fully extinguished fire in an electrical room, according to Worcester fire officials.
There were no reported injuries, fire officials said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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