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Friday, August 23, 2019

Danvers Police Search For Driver Who Hit Gas Pump, Sparking Fire

Danvers Police said they’ve found the pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run crash that caused a gas pump to explode into flames overnight. But, they’re still looking for the driver. The crash happened around 1:20 a.m. Friday at the Gulf station on Route 1 near the Topsfield line. The clerk told reporters a white pickup truck slammed into a gasoline pump and then sped away. The truck, a 2017 white Chevrolet Silverado with out-of-state plates, was found hours later in Topsfield, police said. The clerk, Madhu Sudan Rana, said he heard a loud bang and saw a burst of light when the crash happened. Flames and thick black smoke broke out, but the gas station’s suppression system was triggered, setting an alarm. It put out most of the fire before firefighters arrived.
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Sandwich Fire Department Administration Moves Into New Building

The Sandwich Fire Department has completed the first phase of its move into the new headquarters building on the corner of Quaker Meetinghouse and Cotuit roads. As of yesterday, August 22, the department’s administration has moved into the new building. The move was completed a day earlier than Chief John J. Burke had anticipated. He said earlier in the week that he expected to be moved in by today, August 23. All administrative personnel are now stationed in the new building, including those in the chief’s office, the deputy chief’s office, fire prevention and Emergency Medical Service. Blood pressure can still be taken at the Route 6A building. Chief Burke said they will have the new station fully operational by the first day of school, if not earlier. “We’re hoping to possibly get the trucks in here around August 30 instead of September 3,” he said. “But we still have September 3 as the opening target date.”
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Dumpster ignites behind MV Screenprinting in Tisbury

A dumpster behind MV Screenprinting on State Road in Tisbury caught flames Thursday at approximately 4:40 pm and was promptly extinguished by Tisbury firefighters. According to Tisbury fire chief John Schilling, the dumpster was filled with highly combustible construction debris, including used aerosol cans. According to Schilling, a black lid covering the dumpster could have created enough solar gain to make the flammable materials inside the dumpster spontaneously combust. “Some solvents such as polyurethanes or aerosols are particularly prone to combustion, especially when temperatures reach over 105 degrees, which it easily could have reached inside that dumpster on a really hot day like today,” Schilling said.
Martha's Vineyard Times

Early morning fire damages Sagamore Beach house

An early morning fire damaged a home in the Sagamore Beach section of Bourne. The call at 52 Savary Avenue came in about 5:45 AM. All occupants safely evacuated the house and no injuries were reported. Firefighters were able to quickly get the flames knocked down. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Dump truck falls through floor of multi-level parking garage in Quincy

More than 50 cars have been trapped in a West Quincy after a dump truck fell through an upper level and landed on at least one car parked below. The buildings at 229 and 234 Copeland St. were evacuated after the collapse around noon Wednesday but Deputy Fire Chief Edward Fenby said there were no reports of injuries. He said at least one car had been damaged but it was possible that two others may have been damaged as well. “Right now we’re trying to keep the scene safe and keep everyone away,” Fenby said. Fenby said the driver of the dump truck was in it when the floor collapsed but was not injured. In addition to the damaged cars, the dump truck has blocked access to 11 cars on the upper level and about 40 cars on the lower level, he said. Judy Bergonzi, a dental assistant at Quincy Dental Associates, said that she was in the lab when she heard the truck fall and initially through the building’s elevator had collapsed.
Fall River Herald News

Two evaluated after kitchen fire in Harwich

VIDEO: Two people were evaluated after a fire broke out in their Harwich kitchen. The call at 15 Damon Road came in shortly before 9 PM Wednesday. According to reports the fire started in a microwave and caused moderate smoke to develop. Firefighters assisted the two occupants from the building and called for ambulances to evaluate them for possible smoke inhalation. Further details were not immediately available.

Mayor approves Plum Island Point defibrillator

The mayor has approved the installation of an automated external defibrillator at Plum Island Point after months of expressing opposition. Over the past year, Plum Island residents working with the Plum Island Foundation raised enough money to buy and install two automated external defibrillators and attached landline telephones – one at Plum Island Center in Newbury and another at Plum Island Point in Newburyport. Mayor Donna Holaday originally supported the idea of installing a defibrillator on Plum Island Point when it was raised last year, but backed out after hearing concerns from public safety officials, including fire Chief Christopher LeClaire, about potential security and safety issues. As a result, the first was installed at Plum Island Center in March, while the Plum Island Point AED was not installed. But after hearing a change in opinion from LeClaire, Holaday has approved the Newburyport defibrillator and its installation is in the works. LeClaire previously said he was concerned an AED could shift bystanders’ attention away from making a timely 911 phone call and that it could also present security or liability issues for the city.
Newburyport Daily News

Firefighters extinguished shed fire on Emerald Road in Springfield

Springfield officials were on scene of a shed fire on Emerald Road. The fire was quickly extinguished, but caused significant damage to the shed. The house on the property also received damage from the heat. Red Cross is now assisting 5 residents who lived there. There is approximately over $15,000 in damage. The cause for the fire is still under investigation by the Springfield Arson & Bomb Squad.
Western Mass News

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