Wednesday, August 29, 2012
BFD firefighters Paul Cahill and Warren Payne perished in the blaze.
Today is the five-year anniversary of the fatal Tai Ho Restaurant fire that took two Boston Firefighters lives in a blaze that took destroyed a Centre Street storefront. Longtime and loved Boston Firefighters Paul Cahill and Warren Payne perished while fighting the blaze. The blaze started at 1727 Centre St., in the Tai Ho Restaurant, which never returned to Centre Street. The rest of the block was rebuilt and is now full with several successful businesses. This video is a "Tribute to Boston Firefighters Paul Cahill and Warren Payne who were killed in the line of duty August 29, 2007" made by Stephen Walsh as Youtube user brfdphoto.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Boston Fire Department estimated the damage to be $100,000 from the Sunday afternoon fire.
The owner of the Partridge Street home that caught on fire on Sunday, told Boston Police that he turned the grill off after making pork chops, but the house caught fire and was engulfed quickly. Police found the owner of the house next door of his home, which had its front porch engulfed in flames, according to a Boston Police report. The man told police he had grilled pork chops on the grill on the front porch. He said he turned off the grill, and then saw smoke coming from in front of his house. The owner said he helped his elderly mother exit the house. A Boston Fire Department chief estimated the damage to be around $100,000. Boston Fire Department Engines 53 and 55, and Ladders 25, 16 and 28 responded to the scene.
Monday, August 27, 2012
An initial investigation points to a grill being to close to the house, which caused the fire to travel up the outside of the building on Sunday afternoon.
Boston Fire Department officials believe a grill being too close to a Partridge Street home on Sunday afternoon caused a fire in a single-family home. "We had a fire on the outside of the building," said Steve MacDonald, spokesperson for the BFD. "It was a grill too close to the house. And basically the fire travelled up the side of the siding and into the space above the house. It's the space below the roof, above the ceiling, but not an attic." No one was injured in the single-family home fire. MacDonald said initial estimates of the fire at 89 Partridge St. listed the damage at $125,000. MacDonald said fire personnel were called to the scene at 2:54 p.m. and stayed about an hour. Fire could be seen on the outside of the house.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Two fire engines no longer needed by the Boston Fire Department will help the city of Cap-Haitien in Haiti.
Two fire engines no longer needed by the Boston Fire Department will soon be fighting fires in Haiti. The two fire engines are out-of-date compared to the rest of the BFD's fleet, but they will be able to help the city of Cap-Haitien in Haiti, while the country continues its recovery from the devastating 2010 earthquake. The ownership of the two engines was transferred to the Dorchester House Multi Service Center so they could transfer it to Haiti. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino supported the donation, as did the Boston City Council.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Police and firefighters would be relayed vital personal information about people during an emergency situation.
A firefighter, police, or person in need of rescue could be saved, if emergency responders know vital information about the people they're rescuing. Boston emergency response leaders continued the conversation of creating a citywide "individual needs" registry that would relay vital personal info during a rescue to firefighters and police. Last Thursday, District 5 City Councilor Rob Consalvo led a Boston City Council hearing with testimony from Boston Emergency Medical Services, Police, and Fire leaders. Members of the Boston Center for Independent Living and Family Autism Center also spoke. Autistic Children Sometimes Resist Rescue There have been examples of autistic children not cooperating with rescuers, according to Westwood Fire …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The Boston City Council mulled a plan to create a volunteer registry of autistic residents, which first responders could use to help rescue special needs residents during a fire.
Boston City Councilor Rob Consalvo proposed creating a voluntary registry that would help identify individuals with special needs to rescue workers at a rescue situation. Consalvo made the proposal at Wednesday's City Council meeting. Consalvo said he's working with Bill Cannata on the issue. Cannata is the statewide coordinator for the Autism & Law Enforcement Coalition of the Family Autism Center. Cannata, a Westwood firefighter, was featured in a "Today Show" segment about rescue workers saving kids with special needs. Consalvo recounted a story Cannata told him that emphasized why rescue respondents need training on how to work with special needs individuals. "An 18- or 19-year-old autistic person was told by his parents to never …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
House at 132 Spring St. is likely to be demolished this spring.
Boston Fire Department Ladder 16 of Roslindale was in West Roxbury yesterday to train on the condemned house at 132 Spring St. Property owner Steve Morris expects the house to be demolished this spring. The property has long stood vacant, to the chagrin of some residents who have long called for its destruction. Morris says he is in the process of securing demolition permitting, but said he estimates that the demolition will occur "within 60 days." In the meantime, with the property set to be destroyed anyway, the firefighters were able to make use of it. A spokesman said the simulation exercise, which included roof and ventilation work, would be valuable to some of the firehouse's less experienced fighters, who had not yet received such …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Avoid the Westgate Road area as crews tend to mainline break that occurred today at 1:30 p.m. No one was injured.
No one was injured after a gas company struck a mainline on Westgate Road in the Chestnut Hill area around 1:30 p.m. today. National Grid was on the scene working, and personel struck the main line. The Newton Fire Department was first on scene, said Boston Fire Department Spokesperson Steve MacDonald. BFD had an engine and ladder truck at the scene as of 2:15 p.m. MacDonald suggested avoiding the Westgate Road area in Chestnut Hill. There is also a Westgate Road area within two miles in Newton. Stephen Walsh contributed to this report.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Are you ready to become a parent to a little hydrant on your street?
The City of Boston unveiled a new "Adopt-a-Hydrant" program to keep fire hydrants clear of snow. Individual residents can go online to the City's Adopt-a-Hydrant site, pick an un-adopted hydrant to take responsibility for clearing the snow off of, and even name that hydrant. This program was created to help the Boston Fire Department, which is still responsible for the city's hydrants. West Roxbury residents and workers, are you ready for this responsibility? And what would you name your hydrant-child? So far there are plenty of West Roxbury hydrants up for grabs -- this could be your chance to build a hydrant-family. Leave a comment and let us know what you think about this new program. Is this too much micro-managing, or do you…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
16-year-old BLS student arrested today in connection with recent fires. No one was hurt, but school was evacuated for 20 minutes. BFD investigators were in building while fire was set investigating previous day's fire.
For the third day in a row the Boston Latin School's fire alarm rung due to a trashcan fire. Ironically, Boston Fire Department investigators were in the school today while the fire was set - investigating yesterday's fire. Boston Fire investigators arrested a 16-year-old male Boston Latin School student, charging him with arson. The juvenile is expected to be arraigned Thursday morning. Today's fire was set in a third floor bathroom around 1:26 p.m., according to Steve MacDonald, spokesperson for the Boston Fire Department. A staff member put it out with a fire extinguisher. A BFD truck came to make sure the fire was out while school was evacuated for 20 minutes. MacDonald said investigators are working with school officials checking …