Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Firefighters put out "heavy fire" in the Mystic View housing development.
The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts assisted two families who were displaced by a fire at 50B Memorial Rd. Monday evening. According to an email from the Red Cross, the emergency organization helped six adults and four children, including a baby, with temporary shelter and funds for food, clothing and baby formula. 50B Memorial Rd. is part of the Somerville Housing Authority's Mystic View housing development. The fire broke out in a second-floor bedroom shortly before 6:30 p.m., and when firefighters arrived there was "heavy fire" coming from the apartment, according to Deputy Chief Patrick Sullivan of the Somerville Fire Department. The fire was confined to the second-floor apartment, but the family in the first-floor …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Smoke billowed over Holland Street as firefighters worked to control a fire that caused about $100,000 in damage and displaced eight people.
A fire on Holland Street, just outside Davis Square, shut down much of the roadway Tuesday morning as firefighters used chainsaws and ladders to get at the smoke and flames. The fire caused about $100,000 worth of damage, according to an email from Deputy Chief Charles Breen. One firefighter, Tom Ross, received a small laceration to the face, according to Breen's email. Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher, speaking at the scene of the fire Tuesday, said there were no other injuries. The fire struck 68-70 Holland St., across Holland Street from Orleans and near the Buena Vista Road parking lot, shortly after 11 a.m. The building is residential, with a psychic business on the first floor. Eight people were displaced, accoding to Breen. …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Residents noticed the fire after changing a fuse, according to a Somerville Fire Department official.
A Monday night fire at a home behind the Kennedy School in Somerville displaced four residents, according to District Chief John Norton of the Somerville Fire Department. The fire, at 32 Cedar Street, broke out shortly after 9:15 p.m., according to Twitter posts and Breaking News Network, an alert service that monitors emergency scanner transmissions. Norton, speaking at the scene Monday night, said the cause of the fire was still under investigation, but it was likely electrical. Residents in the home were changing a fuse, and when they got back to their second-floor living space they noticed the fire, he said. When firefighters arrived there were flames showing, but "we came and knocked it down quick," Norton said. He said that, to his …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Two residents were displaced and three Somerville firefighters received minor injuries after a Chevy caught on fire in a garage in East Somerville.
One person was sent to Massachusetts General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries Thursday night after a 1998 Chevrolet truck caught on fire inside a glass shop on East Broadway. According to Deputy Chief Patrick Sullivan of the Somerville Fire Department, two residents were displaced by the fire, and three firefighters received minor injuries battling the blaze. Firefighters responded to 190 Broadway, the address of Glass & Mirror, at about 9:18 p.m., where they found the Chevy truck "fully engulfed in flames," Sullivan said. There were also reports of people trapped on the third floor of the building, which has the glass shop at street level and residences above, according to the deputy chief. Sullivan called it "a good size fire…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The fire broke out in the bathroom ceiling of a home Wednesday morning.
A Wednesday morning fire at 91 Franklin Street likely caused about $40,000 to $50,000 in damage, according to Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher. Firefighters responded to the fire at 7:32 a.m. and weren't cleared until about 9:30 a.m., the fire chief said. He said the fire broke out in the ceiling of the first floor bathroom, between the first and second floors. As a result, fire companies had to open up the ceiling and floor to get at the fire. Kelleher said there were no injuries, and he didn't believe any residents were displaced.
Friday, February 22, 2013
The fire forced firefighters to tear the ceiling out of a building under construction near the Artisan's Asylum.
Somerville firefighters put out a fire at a construction site Friday afternoon. At about 3:30 p.m., the fire struck a building under construction off Tyler Street, across the street from the Artisan's Asylum and behind Saint Anthony's School parking lot. Deputy Chief Robert Lyons said the fire was in the ceiling above the garage space, between the first and second floors, and that it was a "pretty smokey fire." "We had to pull all the ceilings down," he said. No one was injured in the incident, according to the deputy chief. It's not immediately known what the under-construction building is slated to be, but it looked like a condo development.
The intersection of McGrath Highway and Washington Street was shut down Friday morning when a car rolled onto it's side.
Firefighters extracted a woman through the windshield of a rolled over car Friday morning after an accident that temporarily shut down an intersection near Union Square. The two-car accident happened shortly before 6:52 a.m. at the intersection of McGrath Highway and Washington Street, according to Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher. That's a large, complex intersection, with a number of on- and off-ramps, where Washington Street crosses under the elevated McGrath Highway. Kelleher said the accident happened on the Union Square side of the intersection. One car rolled onto its side, and firefighters removed the car's windshield to extract a female passenger, the fire chief said. She was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening…
Friday, January 18, 2013
Somerville firefighters tackled the fire in an underground parking garage amid "heavy smoke conditions."
Somerville firefighters Friday morning put out a generator fire that broke out in an underground garage at Clarendon Hill Towers in West Somerville. Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher said a repair man who had been working on the generator was finishing up his work when the generator caught on fire. There were "heavy smoke conditions," Kelleher said, and smoke began to infiltrate the high-rise apartment building connected to the garage. The fire broke out at about 10:30 a.m., and by around 11:15 a.m. firefighters had it under control. Kelleher classified it as a "small fire." There were no reported injuries, and "right now it looks like everyone's going to stay in the building," Kelleher said at that time. Had the fire and smoke been …
Friday, January 11, 2013
There was "a good volume of fire," according to Somerville Fire Chief Kevin Kelleher.
Somerville firefighters doused flames that broke out between two houses in Magoun Square early Friday morning, according to Chief Kevin Kelleher of the Somerville Fire Department. The fire broke out shortly after midnight at 482 Broadway, Kelleher said. As some of the firefighters dispatched to the area fought the blaze, others searched inside the home after hearing reports that residents were trapped inside, though in fact all the residents had managed to escape, the fire chief said. It was "an outside fire against the side of the buildings," Kelleher said, and even though the flames did not spread into the homes, there was "a good volume of fire," he said. The Somerville Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire, he …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
A bedroom fire on Bonair Street could have spread had it not been for the quick actions taken by a new member of the Somerville Fire Department.
A Thursday afternoon fire on Bonair Street could have been a lot worse had it not been for off-duty firefighter Eric Saulnier. Saulnier, who "just got out of the Academy," was working nearby when he saw smoke coming from 62 Bonair St., according to Firefighter Thomas Ross, president of Firefighters Local 76. Deputy Fire Chief Charles Breen said in an email that Soulnier and a co-worker, Steve Conway, were working on a nearby roof on Otis Street when they saw the fire. The fire was in a first-floor bedroom, and Saulnier alerted the second-floor residents to evacuate the building, according to Breen. Ross said Saulnier then closed the doors to the bedroom. Doing so "stopped the fire from spreading anywhere else," Ross said. The fire broke …