Daily Dispatch: Massachusetts News
Wareham church that firefighter was supposed to be married in, bursts into flames
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A Wareham church that an Onset firefighter was supposed to be married in, burst into flames hours before the ceremony. The historic 78-year-old St. Patrick’s Church closed after a three-alarm fire “When the first company arrived, he had smoke coming from the roof of the building,” Wareham Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Haskell said.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCVB
Police Arrest Suspected ‘Armed And Dangerous’ Pittsfield Arsonist
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 07:41:04 -0700
A Pittsfield man who may have set his own house on fire before starting fires at three other homes was arrested at the Canadian border. Police announced they were looking for 58-year-old Phillip Jordan on Saturday. They considered him armed and dangerous. The Berkshire Eagle reports some kind of incendiary device was set off at each home.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 7:41:04 AM - SOURCE: CBS Boston
Brockton: Firefighters celebrate 100 years of Local 144
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 16:37:48 -0700
The union representing Brockton’s firefighters celebrated its 100th year of activity Saturday afternoon with a party at their local union hall. The International Association of Firefighters Local 144 was joined by two firefighters from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who made the trip as part of a tradition stemming back to 1941.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 4:37:48 PM - SOURCE: Brockton Enterprise
Barn Destroyed in Early Morning Fire in Adams
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 05:09:20 -0700
An early morning fire at Ziemba's farm on Walling Road destroyed a hay-filled barn complex. Firefighters from nearly a dozen fire departments spent hours containing the blaze and preventing it from spreading to adjacent buildings and the farmhouse at Broadlawn Farm. "The back barn was fully involved when we got here and the owners were trying to get the cows out," said Fire Chief John Pansecchi during a pause around 5:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 5:09:20 AM - SOURCE: The Berkshires Online
Boston Firefighters Called To 2 Center Plaza
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 06:55:25 -0700
Firefighters are investigating a report of a fire at 2 Center Plaza Monday morning. Because it's a high-rise building, a number of crews were sent, according to early dispatch radio reports. Watch for commuter delays. At the same time firefighters were called to investigate a fire at 253 Tremont St, the Abby Lane Restaurant near the corner of Court Street and Tremont Street.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 6:55:25 AM - SOURCE: South End Patch.com
New Edgartown fire truck rolls onto the Vineyard
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:14:39 -0700
Edgartown’s new front line pumper, Engine 2, rolled off the MV Katama Thursday morning after two years of planning and assembly. Fire captains Stephen Foster and Kevin Maciel were on hand at the Vineyard Haven terminal to greet the pumper. Foster will lead the crew of Engine 2 once it’s put into service at the end of next week, Fire Chief Alex Schaeffer said.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:14:39 PM - SOURCE: Martha's Vineyard Times
Emergency Crews Recount the Chaos of Merrimack Valley Gas Explosions
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:49:15 -0700
One week after gas fires and explosions rocked the Merrimack Valley, first responders and residents in three Massachusetts communities are telling their stories about what they experienced. Meanwhile, some residents learned Thursday that their gas service may not be restored for several months. Emergency crews were trying to help as many people as possible.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 3:49:15 PM - SOURCE: NECN
Gloucester Firefighters battle home fire on Gull Lane
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:50:00 -0700
Gloucester firefighters are battling a blaze in a home in the area of Wingaersheek Beach, but emergency radio reports from the scene indicate that all occupants are safely out of the house and that there were no pets inside. Firefighters responded around 9:15 a.m. to a call to 10 Gull Lane and immediately found "a working fire" with smoke emanating from the eaves of the two-story colonial house and fire coming from the roof.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:50:00 PM - SOURCE: Gloucester Daily Times
Firefighters Execute Special Rescue in Webster
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:18:27 -0700
Firefighters in Webster, Massachusetts have been seen at fires, car accidents and all sorts of other rescue calls, but they found themselves in a unique situation on Thursday. A woman showed up at a fire station in town with a steel necklace around her neck, one that she couldn't remove. That is, until Deputy Chief Chris Jolda and Captain Kevin Adams got to work.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 6:18:27 AM - SOURCE: NECN
Millville Fire Chief: Layoff will not affect residents
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Police and Fire Chief Ronald Landry says his decision to lay off one of the town’s two full-time firefighters will not have a detrimental affect on the Fire Department or the safety of town residents and that there will be no change in the way ambulance and emergency medical service is provided. Since the decision to lay off full-time firefighter/EMT Danny Desmarais two weeks ago, Landry said the department has continued to serve the town in “a professional manner.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Woonsocket Call
Holden town officials support fire grant
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 01:49:18 -0700
Town officials gave the Holden Fire Department the O.K. to accept a grant that will allow the hire of six new firefighters over a three-year period. The $926,818 award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant was created to provide funding for fire departments to help increase the number of trained front-line firefighters available in communities, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:49:18 AM - SOURCE: Holden Landmark
Monson family loses dog, home in fire
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A Monson family lost a pet and their home in a fire Wednesday afternoon. Monson Fire Chief Laurent McDonald said the fire started in the basement at 14 Highland Avenue just before 2:30 p.m. Chief McDonald told 22News the homeowner likely started the fire in a basement wall while doing some plumbing work.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WWLP 22 News
North Andover Gas disaster recovery is top priority for former Swampscott town administrator
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:16:53 -0700
Andrew W. Maylor traded a job in Swampscott for one in North Andover in 2011 and, last Thursday, traded the relative anonymity of small town government to stand by Gov. Charlie Baker in the glare of television camera lights. Maylor is town manager in one of three communities hit hard by the natural gas explosions and resulting fires that killed a Lawrence teenager and continue to leave 1,500 North Andover residents without gas in their homes.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 9:16:53 PM - SOURCE: Item Live
Fire closes McDonald’s on Southern Artery in Quincy
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
The McDonald’s on Southern Artery won’t be serving up burgers for a day or two after a grease fire forced staff and patrons to evacuate the restaurant on Wednesday afternoon. There were no injuries and all employees and customers were out of the building by the time firefighters arrived. Quincy resident Stephanie Nye was eating lunch inside the building when the fire started.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Patriot Ledger
First responders deal with stress of response to fatal Wellfleet shark attack
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:44:44 -0700
After a great white shark killed 26-year-old Arthur Medici Saturday at Newcomb Hollow Beach, EMTs and paramedics from the Wellfleet Fire Department who cared him were promptly sent home, and their shifts filled by others. “I had to make decisions right away about sending people home,” Wellfleet Fire Chief Richard Pauley said about standard go-home emergency response practices for “high stress, high profile” rescues.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 7:44:44 PM - SOURCE: Cape Cod Times
Florence's Remnants Lead to Flooding, Rescues Across New England
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:51:17 -0700
The National Weather Service says a microburst, not a tornado, caused damage in a town near Boston as the remnants of Hurricane Florence brought strong winds and heavy rains to New England on Tuesday. NBC10 Boston's Chris Gloninger said the straight-lined damage path confirmed by the National Weather Service was a half mile wide in the town of Saugus, Massachusetts.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 4:51:17 PM - SOURCE: NECN
Local companies help with Merrimack Valley explosions
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:03:02 -0700
Framingham Asst. Fire Chief Mike Dutcher was one of thousands of regional firefighters who have responded to three Merrimack Valley communities in the 72 hours after a series of natural gas explosions and fires devastated the area. The blasts destroyed or damaged dozens of homes, killed a teenager, injured dozens and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes and businesses.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 1:03:02 PM - SOURCE: Concord Journal
Gloucester: O'Maley students evacuated after electrical fire
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:11:37 -0700
Students at the O'Maley Innovation Middle School were temporarily evacuated to the adjacent Dorothy Talbot Rink on Tuesday afternoon. The evacuation followed a confirmed report of smoke in the school building that came more than an hour after fire crews initially responded to a call reporting a power surge and potential lightning strike.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 1:11:37 PM - SOURCE: Gloucester Daily Times
Wareham’s ‘Maxim Guy’ honored for contributions to antique trucking history
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:29:18 -0700
Writer, historian, former firefighter and “The Maxim Guy,” Howie Smith earned another title on Monday night: “Historian of the Industry.” Smith, a Wareham resident, was recognized for his contributions for preserving the history of antique trucks at an event held by the Wareham Historical Society. There, he received a Historian of the Industry award from Col.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 1:29:18 PM - SOURCE: Village Soup - Wareham
Three fire chief finalists make their cases in Westminster
Mon, 17 Sep 2018 20:57:02 -0700
The three finalists to become fire chief interviewed Monday evening with the Board of Selectmen. Capt. Kyle Butterfield, who is serving as the town's acting chief, Senior Fire Capt. Timothy Johnston of the Ayer Fire Department, and Lynnfield Fire Chief Mark Tetreault each interviewed for at least half an hour.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 8:57:02 PM - SOURCE: Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise

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