Daily Dispatch: Massachusetts News
Climbing the ladder: Plymouth fire chief moving on, others move up
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Fire Chief Casino Clogston is retiring at the end of March, saying he is ready to move on. Deputy Chief Tom Morrison and Captain Jeremy Bonan say they are ready to move up. An open house on Friday, March 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will honor Clogston for his 29 years as a full-time firefighter in Plymouth, but he said his involvement goes back much farther.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Laconia Daily Sun
West Springfield firefighters train using a maze trailer
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: West Springfield firefighters went through a training exercise today that could one day save their lives. Each firefighter maneuvered through a maze of obstacles to practice their search and rescue skills. Personnel from the Massachusetts Fire Services measured how much air they use during the exercise.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWLP-TV 22
Newburyport considers providing ambulance service
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:05:46 -0700
City officials are considering handing control of ambulance services to the Fire Department. The city now contracts with Atlantic Ambulance Service, a subdivision of Cataldo Ambulance Service, for ambulance runs. But Mayor Donna Holaday said she and other officials are deciding if the city should switch to a fire department-based emergency medical services program.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 3:05:46 AM - SOURCE: Newburyport Daily News
Whitman firefighters put out kitchen fire
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:27:43 -0700
Firefighters put out a kitchen fire just after 2 p.m. Thursday. The fire, in a first-floor apartment at 81 School St., was reported to the Whitman Fire Department around 1:40 p.m. Firefighters found fire spreading in the kitchen. Firefighters from Whitman, Hanson and East Bridgewater put out the fire in 15 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 3:27:43 AM - SOURCE: Quincy Patriot Ledger
Quincy testing new device to help drivers avoid firetrucks
Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:44:51 -0700
The city’s fire department is testing out a new device that could help drivers using navigational apps steer clear of firetrucks responding to an emergency, helping improve safety for both drivers and firefighters, the Patriot Ledger reported. The device, a small black box about four inches tall and wide, sends out alerts to drivers about the locations of the trucks to drivers using a navigation app called Waze.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 6:44:51 AM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5
Firefighter hurt in Abington blaze
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Firefighters from five towns extinguished a two-alarm fire on Randolph Street on Wednesday morning near the Route 18 intersection. The residents were not hurt, but a firefighter suffered minor injuries. Chief John M. Nuttall of the Abington Fire Department said the fire at 51 Randolph St. was reported about 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Quincy Patriot Ledger
Lynn Fire Department swears in 20 new firefighters, promotes five
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 21:55:19 -0700
It was a historic night for the Lynn Fire Department on Tuesday, as 20 new firefighters, paid for through a federal grant, were sworn in and five of its members were promoted, according to Lynn Fire Chief Stephen Archer. The promotions included Stacy Borjeson, who became the first female lieutenant in the history of the city’s fire department.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 9:55:19 PM - SOURCE: Item Live
Van catches fire, one hospitalized after crash in Charlemont
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 15:52:18 -0700
One man was taken to the hospital after a crash on Route 2 Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened around 3:30 p.m., when a van collided with the rear end of a silver pickup truck on a hilly section of Route 2 by North River Road. The front section of the van caught on fire, and the driver of the pickup truck was taken away in an ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 3:52:18 PM - SOURCE: Greenfield Recorder - Metered Site
Williamstown Fire District waiting for state's approval of committee expansion
Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:05:49 -0700
It likely will require a special Fire District meeting if the Prudential Committee wants to move forward with a plan to expand its numbers within the calendar year. At Wednesday's monthly meeting, the committee learned that there likely is no way to move forward with the change approved by voters in November in time for this year's annual election in May.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 3:05:49 AM - SOURCE: The Berkshires Online
Families displaced after fire destroys Revere triple-decker
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 03:33:24 -0700
VIDEO: A Revere triple-decker is a total loss following an overnight fire, but all residents were able to safely escape. When firefighters arrived on Thornton Street late Tuesday night, heavy flames were ripping through the building. Narrow streets with cars parked on both sides made it challenging for fire trucks to reach the home.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 3:33:24 AM - SOURCE: WBZ-TV CBS 4
Dozens evacuated after gas leak at Weymouth public housing
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Dozens of elderly and disabled residents were evacuated from a seven-story public housing complex on Water Street on Monday afternoon after workers struck a natural gas main. Weymouth Fire Capt. Brad Flannery said a private contractor collecting soil samples at Pope Towers, 25 Water St., struck a two-inch gas main at about 12:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Quincy Patriot Ledger
Dozens of animals die in early morning barn fire on Martha's Vineyard
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:38:46 -0700
An early morning fire at Flat Point Farm destroyed a barn and killed dozens of farm animals, the Cape Cod Times reported. The fire was reported just after 5 a.m. and the barn was “totally engulfed” when firefighters arrived, West Tisbury police Detective Nikolaj Wojtkielo told the paper. The blaze killed 22 lambs, 12 sheep, two beef cattle and 50 chickens, Wojtkielo told the paper.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 4:38:46 PM - SOURCE: WCVB-TV ABC 5
Hamilton firefighters save dog from icy Chebacco Lake
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 01:46:00 -0700
Firefighters Tuesday held what may well be their last ice rescue practice of the season with the rescue of a dog that had broken through the ice on Chebacco Lake. Fire Chief Raymond Brunet said the dispatcher notified them around 1:30 p.m. that there were two dogs on the ice off the beach area, and that one had fallen through.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 1:46:00 AM - SOURCE: Salem News
Update: Careless smoking caused Milford blaze according to Fire Marshal's Office
Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
An early February blaze that heavily damaged multifamily home on North Bow Street was sparked by careless smoking, fire officials said Wednesday. A woman living in a second-floor apartment at 16 North Bow St. fell asleep on a living room sofa while smoking, officials said. Multiple packs of Seneca Red filtered cigars were in the area where the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MetroWest Daily News
7 people hospitalized, 14 displaced in Worcester 3-alarm fire
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: Seven people were hospitalized Tuesday after a 3-alarm fire ripped through a Worcester home. The blaze was reported at about 2 a.m. at a home on Merrifield Street, according to fire officials. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found heavy smoke coming from the second floor of the multi-family house and people hanging out of windows.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBTS-TV NBC 10
Framingham Fire Department honors captain who died 40 years ago in blaze
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 06:22:37 -0700
PHOTOS: For a generation of Americans, the moment they learned of President John F. Kennedy’s death is seared into their memories. For Beth Costanza, it was the day 40 years ago when she lost her uncle John. Lt. John Costanza was on duty at the Framingham Fire Department that Sunday afternoon. The family listened to an emergency radio on days when he worked.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 6:22:37 AM - SOURCE: MetroWest Daily News
Car set on fire behind closed Brockton toy store
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Officials believe a car was intentionally set on fire behind a closed toy store early Tuesday morning. The Brockton Fire Department responded to the former Toys “R” Us location, at 105 Campanelli Drive, for a report of a vehicle fire behind the building about 6:01 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found a sedan engulfed by flames behind the building.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brockton Enterprise
Follow-up: Berkshire District Attorney believes Sheffield house fire set by husband who killed his family
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: Officials in Berkshire County believe a house fire in Sheffield was set intentionally by a man they say killed his family and himself. According to Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington, Luke Karpinski killed his wife and three children before intentionally setting the family's home on fire, then committing suicide.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWLP-TV 22
Convicted arsonist sentenced to additional year for Montague fire
Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:04:53 -0700
The mother and daughter traumatized by the arson of two barns on their property five years ago had their voices heard the day one of the men convicted in that crime was sentenced to an extra year in prison for a probation violation. Lisa Adams and her 17-year-old daughter spoke in Franklin County Superior Court about how their lives changed forever on March 26, 2014, when Matthew Tetreault and Adams’ stepson burned down a couple of 19th-century barns near 19 Hatchery Road in Montague in the early morning.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 4:04:53 AM - SOURCE: Greenfield Recorder - Metered Site
Quincy families flee fire; 10 displaced
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 14:51:01 -0700
Screams alerted two families who escaped an early-morning three-alarm fire in Quincy that destroyed a Copeland Street home and displaced 10 people Sunday. The fire started at about 5:30 a.m. and tore through a three-family home at 37-41 Copeland St. in West Quincy. Residents of the building were evacuated safely and one firefighter suffered a minor knee injury, Deputy Fire Chief Joe Jackson said.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2019 2:51:01 PM - SOURCE: Quincy Patriot Ledger

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