Queens, NY 87-16 117 St. approx 2120 hrs. 2/7/02. Squad 270 transmitted a 10-75 upon arrival for a fire in a 1-1/2 story brick and wood dwelling. Squad 270, backed up by Engine 294 stretched two lines through the front door, and quickly knocked the fire down. An additional Engine and Truck were special called above the 10-75.
Boston, MA 461 Park Drive, approx. 0800 hrs. 3/18/02. Six alarms were transmitted on box 232 in quick succession for a fast moving fire in a three story brick duplex structure that was under renovation following a four alarm fire nine months ago. The fire was through the roof upon the arrival of the first due companies, who were ordered off the roof within 10 minutes of arrival, and all companies were ordered out of the building within twenty minutes of the initial alarm.
Medford, MA 3 & 7 Capen St, 46 Winthrop St. approx. 1500 hrs. 3/29/02. A fire that reportedly started in two motorcycles that were parked under a rear porch spread rapidly and involved three dwellings and a garage. Four alarms were sounded in relatively rapid succession on box 43, bringing mutual aid from six surrounding communities.
Brookline, MA 24 Milton Rd., approx. 1000 hrs. 4/27/02. Brookline firefighters made a good stop on a basement fire in a 2 story wood frame structure. These photos aren't as action packed as some that appear on the site, but I have been waiting for an opportunity to try out my new Olympus C-4040. I had just arrived home from an uneventful night in New York City when this job came in, and since it was only about a mile from my apartment, I decided to take it in. The images that appear here are of a lesser quality than the actual images due to size limitations, but I can say that the actual digital images rival my 35mm shots, and 8X10's printed from the actual images (about 3MB in size each) are of a frameable quality.
Somerville, MA, 35 Temple St., approx. 0800 hrs. 5/11/02. First due companies reported heavy smoke showing from a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure for a fire that eventually took full possession of the building, and required three alarms struck on box 324 to be brought under control.
Woburn, MA 409 Main Street, approx. 1200 hrs. 5/20/02. Four alarms were struck in about 45 minutes on box 62, for a fire in the basement of a shoe store that eventually took full possession of the building, and threatened other stores that were separated by a very narrow space.
Gloucester, MA, 2 Ocean Avenue approx. 1145 hrs. 6/1/02. 4 Alarms were quickly sounded for a fire that reportedly started in an air conditioner. The fire took full possession of the third floor of a garden style apartment building, approximately 250' X 70', forcing companies into a defensive master stream operation.
Swampscott, MA Approx. 0645 hrs 7/7/02 11 Commonwealth Terrace. 2 Alarms were required to bring a Sunday morning fire under control. The fire burned through the roof of the 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, and required an exterior attack before companies could move in for a more aggressive attack. The fire started around 0645 hours, and these photos are from approximately 0730 hours.
Boston, MA Approx. 0120 hrs. 7/11/02 47 Topeka St. First due companies found a heavy fire condition in a metal clad building that was approximately 200' X 80'. A second alarm was sounded due to access problems and the volume of fire. The building housed the city's "Project Pride" program, which is responsible for seizing abandoned properties in the city and making them suitable for re-occupancy. A body was found among the debris during overhaul, and was not identified as of the posting of these photos.
Medford, MA Approximately 0130 hrs. 10/1/02 15 Irving St. A fire that reportedly started in a 2nd floor laundry room quickly spread to take full possession of the upper floors of a large 2-1/2 story wood frame structure. The Deputy Chief transmitted a second alarm upon his arrival, and a third alarm shortly thereafter. Mutual aid companies from Arlington, Malden, Somerville and Cambridge assisted at the fire. My digital camera would not work for a reason immediately unknown (eventually I found that it was low voltage in my flash batteries), so these are scanned photos from prints.
Medford, MA Approximately 1440 hrs. 10/6/02 Box 344, 10 Amaranth Avenue. Medford Engine 4 had been stilled for an outside fire at the rear of an adjacent property when they noticed that the actual fire was on the roof of a large 2 story commercial building. They immediately called to have a box transmitted and started to the fire location. Due to the geography of the area, they had to respond approximately one mile, as the fire building, although only 50 yards away, was separated by railroad tracks abutted by overgrown brush. A second alarm was transmitted by the Deputy Chief based upon Engine 4's initial report, and crews from Medford and Malden worked to contain the fire to materials on the roof.
Medford, MA 1454 hrs. 11/10/02 Box 362, 640 Fellsway. Responding to an alarm activation, Engine 4 reported heavy smoke showing from a large 100 X 100 store (A.C. Moore). Second and third alarms were quickly struck, and an aggressive attack was made to prevent lateral extension to other stores located in the strip mall, which is about 800 X 100.
Boston, MA approx 0510 hrs. 11/12/02. Box 3134, 3 Topliff St. (Dorchester Section) First due Engine 17 and Ladder 7 were met with a fire condition on the rear stairwell of a 3 story wood frame, approx. 35 X 70. Quick work was made of the heavy fire condition, however the primary search turned up a victim, who was aided by members of Boston EMS Ambulance 11, Division 2, the Shift Commander and Paramedic 2.
Newton, MA approx. 0140 hrs. 11/30/02. Box 562, 8 Pilgrim Rd. A fire in a 1 story addition threatened to extend to a 2-1/2 story wood frame house. A second alarm was transmitted by first arriving companies, and firefighters fought slippery conditions and heavy fire conditions to bring the fire under control. The home was undergoing renovations, and the floors had recently been refinished, by a company that was willing to work over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, not the contractor performing the renovations.
Cumberland, RI approx. 17:00 hrs. 12/2/02. 2 Alarms brought in mutual aid from several surrounding communities for a fire in an air scrubbing unit of an industrial building.