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 …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
After three fires started by burning candles, the Somerville Fire Department urges residents to be careful with candles.
A Monday morning fire at 130 Sycamore St. that sent one woman to the hospital and left at least six people temporarily homeless was started by a candle, the Somerville Fire Department said in an email sent Wednesday morning. Fire officials originally thought the Sycamore Street fire was started when a resident fell asleep while smoking, but they now say it was caused by a candle left burning, the email says. Two other recent fires are also blamed on candles, according to the fire department. On Sept. 25, a fire at 167 Pearl St. gutted the first floor of the three-story home, sent one resident to the hospital and displaced seven people and a cat. It was likely started by a candle burning in a bedroom, the fire department said in the email. …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Including a newly appointed deputy fire chief and district fire chief.
Seven members of the Somerville Fire Department were promoted and officially sworn in Sept. 13 by the Somerville Board of Aldermen. Here are the promotions:
Friday, August 24, 2012
The accident happened at around 10:35 p.m. at McGrath Highway and Mystic Avenue. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
A Thursday-night car crash involving three vehicles sent seven people to the hospital, none of them with serious injuries, according to the Somerville Fire Department and Massachusetts State Police. The accident happened at around 10:35 p.m. at the intersection of Route 28 southbound (McGrath Highway) and Mystic Avenue, according to Trooper Todd Nolan of the Massachusetts State Police. A 19-year-old man from Revere, who was driving a 1994 Acura, was cited as being responsible for the accident, and he was sent to Somerville Hospital, Nolan said. A passenger in his car, an 18-year-old woman from Everett, was sent to Massachusetts General Hospital, he said. A 26-year-old woman from Chelsea and a number of males who were passengers in her car …
Monday, April 9, 2012
Carlos Barbosa, 47, is doing "perfectly fine," according to an official at Universal Wilde, his employer, which is launching an investigation into the incident.
Carlos Barbosa, the 47-year-old man who was rescued from a silo packed tight with shredded paper on April 5, has a few "bumps and bruises" but is doing "perfectly fine," according to Steve Duffy, director of Human Resources at Universal Wilde, the company where Barbosa worked. Universal Wilde is a marketing services company that does printing and direct mail projects, among other things. Barbosa, a printing press operator at the company, had climbed up into the silo, which was filled with paper cuttings, to unclog a jam Thursday night when he got trapped, Duffy said. He said silo ultimately deposits the paper cuttings into a recycling dupmster. Using a cell phone, Barbosa called police and his coworkers from inside the silo, and the …
Monday, March 19, 2012
The hockey game pits the fire department against the police department, and proceeds benefit Somerville Youth Hockey.
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Monday, March 19, 2012
Editor's note: The following is from the city of Somerville: The annual “Guns N’ Hoses” hockey game, between the Somerville Police Department and the Somerville Fire Department, will be held this year on Friday. March 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Rink on Somerville Avenue. In its 10th year, the theme is “The Youth of Somerville,” and, fittingly, proceeds from the game will benefit the Somerville Youth Hockey Association. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone will ceremonially drop the puck at the start of the game, and there will be a gathering for all interested attendees immediately following the game at the Dante Club on Craigie Street. Refreshments will be served, and music and raffle prizes will be ongoing. For more information …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Seven-person family will stay in hotel for the night, according to American Red Cross.
Update, 9:40 a.m.: The American Red Cross is at the scene on Glen Street. Seven family members are homeless after the Friday morning attic fire. "We were informed by the Somerville Fire Department that seven people were displaced and are going to need assistance," said American Red Cross Communications Director Kat Powers. The Red Cross will provide hotel accommodations for the evening and emergency finances for food, said Powers. More assistance for clothing and other necessities may be given if needed. "We are still assessing the sitation," she said. According to Powers, the attic was burned out completely during the fire and the house sustained significant water damage. Original Post: Somerville firefighters responded to a second alarm …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
As a precaution, firefighters are checking stores in Assembly Square for any further leaks.
Emergency personnel have responded to a reported gas leak on Foley Road near Assembly Square, according to public safety radio reports. No street closures have been reported. As a precaution, Fire department crews are checking stores at Assembly Square for any signs of gas. This is a developing story. Somerville Patch will update this post if any more information becomes available.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Two victims were treated for burns at the scene. A second alarm has been struck for the building fire, according to Fire Department radio transmissions.
Update, 11:40 a.m.: Emergency personnel are clearing the scene. As the equipment is removed, they are opening lanes on McGrath Highway. Update 11:20 a.m.: Emergency officials will reopen Broadway imminently, according to radio reports. Update 11 a.m.: The auto body shop in question is Fellsway Auto Repair. Fireifghters just radioed that the fire is knocked down and they are checking now for any extensions into the walls or ceiling. Update, 10:50 a.m.: The fire is now apparently under control. Boston fireifghters are clearing the scene. Update 10:50 a.m.: Crews from Boston, Medford and Cambridge have also responded to the fire. Update, 10:45 a.m.: Fire companies from Chelsea and other communities are covering Somerville's stations as city …