Massachusetts News

Monday, January 27, 2020

3 injured, including child, in Boston apartment fire, officials say

Two adults and one child suffered injuries after a fire broke out at an apartment building in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood, according to fire officials. The Boston Fire Department said the fire started at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in a second-floor apartment at 45 Tufts St. Four rooms were engulfed in flames, but firefighters were able to contain the fire to the one unit. Five other apartments did sustain smoke and/or water damage. The victims were transported to an area hospital by Boston Emergency Medical Services with injuries that were not considered serious, according to fire officials. They have since been released. Eight people who live in the apartment building have been displaced by the fire, as crews boarded up multiple windows on the second floor Sunday morning.
WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

East Freetown’s First Firehouse Suffers $500K in Fire Damage

The Freetown Fire Department extinguished a two-alarm fire at a commercial building Friday afternoon. According to a release, at approximately 12:10 p.m. this afternoon, Freetown Fire received a report of a fire 159 County Road, a large one-story mixed-use commercial building with multiple garage bays. The building was originally the first firehouse in East Freetown. Upon arrival, firefighters saw thick smoke billowing from the rear of the building. Because of the size of the building and due to many renovations to the structure over the years, a second alarm was immediately struck and fire departments from Rochester, Lakeville and Dartmouth District 3 responded to the scene to provide mutual aid. Members of the Berkley Fire Department responded to provide station coverage.
WBSM-AM 1420

Woman Rescued From Dorchester House Fire in Boston, 4 Taken To The Hospital

A 98-year-old woman was rescued from a house fire in Boston Sunday afternoon. Crews responded to Seaver Street in Dorchester around 4:15 p.m. and found flames ripping through the first floor. According to Boston Fire Dist. Chief Erik Pettaway, the woman was “a little disoriented — a lot of smoke, due to her advanced age. Boston EMS felt it was good to take her to the hospital to get evaluated.” He said the woman’s grandson joined firefighters to rescue her. Neighbor Marie Gray watched it unfold. “The grandson came out of the house and then realized that the grandmother was still in the house. He went back in and came out the back of the house to save her and they just put her in the ambulance now,” she said. A total of four people were taken to the hospital. The rescued woman will likely stay overnight but the other residents will be released.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

Wormtown Brewery toasts memory of fallen Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard with the launch of ‘Worcester’s Bravest’ beer

Inside Wormtown Brewery, from the packed bar to the guests mingling on the patio, everyone raised a glass, remembering the life of fallen Worcester Lt. Jason Menard. A line snaked from the brewery’s front doors down to the sidewalk on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester just before noon; dozens ready to support the Menard family with the launch of “Worcester’s Bravest,” a collaboratively brewed Belgian wit-style beer. Wormtown is one of three Central Massachusetts breweries that collaborated on the brew. Menard was killed Nov. 13 fighting a four-alarm fire at 7 Stockholm St. Menard was trapped inside the top floor of the three-decker as flames overtook the area. He pushed fellow Firefighter Chris Pace out a window to save him from the blaze.
The Republican -

Update: Ex-Boston Firefighter Sentenced To Probation For Sexually Assaulting Colleague

A former Boston firefighter was sentenced Friday to two years of supervised probation for sexually assaulting a female colleague at a firehouse. A Boston judge also ordered David Sanchez to undergo counseling and, if deemed necessary by state officials, to register as a sex offender. Sanchez was convicted of assault and battery and indecent assault and battery following a two-day trial last week. Prosecutors said Sanchez tried to kiss his colleague Nathalie Fontanez and assaulted her in a Jamaica Plain firehouse before she was able to escape in January 2018. During Friday’s sentencing in West Roxbury Municipal Court, Fontanez said she’s dealt with depression the last two years and still relives the trauma of that night. She also said Boston residents “deserve better” from their first-responders.
WBZ-TV CBS 4 Boston

Firefighters rescue Labrador Retriever clinging to ice on Connecticut River in Deerfield

Public safety officials saved a black Labrador Retriever which fell through the ice on the Connecticut River Sunday morning. People reported that Buddy the dog fell through thin ice on the Connecticut River near McClelland Farm Road at 10 a.m., police said. The Deerfield Fire and Police departments and Turners Falls Fire Department responded to the call for help and Deerfield Fire Chief Darren Melnik found the dog mostly submerged and clinging to the ice with his front paws, police said. Turners Falls Fire Capt. Kyle Cogswell crawled onto the ice wearing an ice rescue suit while fellow firefighters held onto a rope attached to the suit. He was able to lift Buddy from the water and bring him safely to the shore. “Buddy was reunited with his family and transported back to his home by Deerfield Police,” police said.
The Republican -

Friday, January 24, 2020

Haverhill Mourns Loss of Firefighter; Calling Hours Sunday, Funeral Monday

Haverhill is mourning the loss of Haverhill Firefighter Lt. Jeffrey R. King, who passed away unexpectedly Wednesday at the age of 32. He died on his eighth anniversary as a Haverhill firefighter. In a social media post, Haverhill Fire Department Local 1011 called King “an asset to the Haverhill Fire Department and to Local 1011 throughout his service here, as we are certain that he has been everywhere that he has served.” Visiting Hours are Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2-6 p.m., at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Route 62), Wilmington. His funeral is Monday, Jan. 27, 9 a.m., from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10. Interment will be private.
97.9 WHAV

Father killed in Lawrence apartment fire, officials say

Detectives with the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal’s Office were investigating the cause of a deadly apartment fire in Lawrence on Thursday. The fire was reported Thursday afternoon in an apartment at the corner of East Pleasant Street and Saxonia Avenue in Lawrence. Fire officials said the man who was killed in the fire was a father who was staying with one of his children. The victim's family said he was in his 70s. Multiple people at the scene told WCVB they tried getting into his apartment to save him, but the flames were too strong. "That fire grew so fast," Alexis Peralta said. "It was just nothing but orange." Firefighters contained the blaze to just the first floor of the home, where they found the victim. “I try not to get emotional about it, because it’s my job, but it is extremely tough for the family," Lawrence Fire Chief Brian Moriarty said.
WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston

Two Boys Rescued After Falling Through Ice into the Taunton River

Two 14-year-old boys are expected to be okay after being rescued from the Taunton River by three good Samaritans and four Taunton Police officers after the boys had fallen through the ice Thursday. According to a joint release by the Taunton police and fire departments, at approximately 2 p.m. this afternoon, Taunton resident Kevin Boss, age 54, was driving in the area of County Street and Ingell Street when he noticed two boys that were in the Taunton River. One of the boys was trying to swim to shore while the other was struggling to stay afloat. Boss pulled over and grabbed a rope from this vehicle. Simultaneously, two Taunton School Department employees, Assistant Storekeeper Nick DaCosta and Community Facilitator Lynne Farina, also saw the boys and both pulled their vehicles over to help.
WBSM-AM 1420

Update: Oak Bluffs Ambulance Fund Comes Under Scrutiny

Buried deep in the Oak Bluffs annual town report is a line item called the ambulance reserve fund. For much of the past decade, the fund has held hundreds of thousands of dollars for the town, allowing it to purchase and equip fire and EMS thanks to substantial revenue, most of it generated by crucial off-Island ambulance runs. Oak Bluffs ambulance finances have come under scrutiny in recent weeks, as news came to light that the FBI has opened an investigation into town ambulance billing practices. Some members of the combined fire and EMS department were subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury this past Monday. Town leaders have said they are conducting their own internal audit of the department’s finances.
The Vineyard Gazette

Hyannis firefighters rescue cat trapped in void space

Hyannis Firefighters had an unusual rescue Thursday morning on Bacon Terrace. The department tells Cape Wide News that today’s technical rescue involved patience, as the crew worked to free a cat trapped in a void space of a wall. The owners had attempted to lure the cat from the space but quickly noticed after many attempts that she was unable to turn around in the approximately 5-6” void space, and called for assistance. Under most circumstances a cat that goes into a void space will eventually make its way out on its own, but was not able to in this instance. After making observation points, and the cat's increased anxiety, it had started working its way up the void. It was determined due to the many larger dimensional lumber in immediate area, an opening in the Drywall in the adjacent apartment was most appropriate without causing excessive damage.

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