Friday, January 27, 2012

Medford Fire fighters battle early AM fire

Around 2 AM Medford fire fighters responded to 109 Princeton St in the South Medford neighborhood on a report of a fire; upon arrival of engine company 5 the working fire was transmitted bringing in an additional engine and ladder to the scene. The fire building was a 2.5 story wood frame house. Area departments were called in to cover stations under the mutual aid agreement. No injuries have been reported.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fatal 2 alarm fire-North Attleboro

Around 12:30 AM today fire fighters converged to 127 Chestnut St in North Attleborough for a fire in a 2 story multi-unit apartment complex. Scanner transmissions indicated that 2 people were rescued. 1 person sustained fatal injuries in the blaze. Members of the State Police assigned to the Fire Marshalls office were requested to the scene as a result. The Providence Canteen also responded to the scene for rehab.

Ladder 1 in action
 Engine 5 member at the controls

 Plainville Engine 3

Car into a pole injuries 1 in Waltham

Around 11 PM Waltham first responders were sent to the area of 643 Trapelo Road for a report of an accident involving a vehicle into a utility pole and 3 parked cars. 1 of the parked vehicles was pushed up against the gas meter to the house which in turn was sheared off. National Grid was called to the scene to check the pole integrity and the meter. No structural damage was sustained during the incident and the building inspector was not needed. After about 25 minutes the victim was extricated and transported to Beth Israel Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Armed robbery-Worcester MA

Around 12:30 Worcester police responded to reports of an armed robbery of a shell gas station located at 719 Southbridge St. The suspect was described as a male subject that fled after he held the attendant at gunpoint outside the store in the parking lot. An undetermined amount of cash was taken. An area broadcast was given to local departments in an attempt to locate the subject. State police assets also responded to the area to assist

Serious crash sends multiple victims to hospital

Around 1:30 this morning Boston's first responders were called to Columbus Ave & Heath St for a reports of a motor vehicle accident. When they arrived they discovered 2 vehicles spread across a section of Columbus Ave. The collision was between a minivan and a sedan. Boston EMS reported they had 1 victim in traumatic arrest and immediately went to work with the assistance of Engine company 42. Rescue 2 reported they had 1 victim ejected from the sedan and was laying on the sidewalk. There were 4 other victims that were c-spined and transported with an assortment of injuries. The scene was held well into the morning so investigators could piece together the sequence of events leading up to the accident.

Fatal high rise fire. Boston MA. January 3rd

Shortly before 3:30 AM on January 3rd, the Boston fire department responded to 35 Westwind Road for a fire. There were 3 transports to area hospitals. 1 victim passed away at the hospital due to injuries sustained in the fire. This was a frigid night for first responders at the scene. As a result of the cold & the type of building 3 alarms were sounded to bring this fire under control

Ladder 18 throwing the stick to the 4th floor
 Greatest ladder action in the world

 Interior companies hard at work. This water frooze as it came out the window due to the temps
 Engine 24 staged near the building

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Boston firefighters busy with mid day fire

Around 1 PM Boston fire officials were called to 27 Gallivan Boulevard for a report of a fire. Engine 16 reported smoke showing on arrival. Car 8 arrived soon thereafter and immediately ordered the 2nd alarm for the house which is reported to be a 2.5 story wood frame. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Update: 1:10 pm: Command now reporting fire on the 2nd and 3rd floors extending upwards towards the roof area. Primary searches being conducted.

Update: 1:15 PM: Interior companies requesting rakes to the upper floors. Fire extending to ceiling area & Ladder 10 has been requested to bring a chain saw to the roof

Update: 1:20 PM: Ladder 29 reporting fire advancing up the stairs and requesting an additional line to be run and fire running through the roof on the front of the building. Crews reporting heavy fire on floor 2 knocked down. Primary searches complete on floor 2. Secondary under way

Update: 1:30 PM: Interior companies reported "it's like a junkyard up here" prior to them commencing a secondary search. Command also reported heavy fire knocked down throughout and all companies were going to be engaged in extensive overhaul for a while. As of yet there have been no injuries reported at this time

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Saugus firefighters responded to house fire

Around 4 PM Saugus fire department received a call for a fire at 27 Birch St. Upon arrival companies discovered fire on the front porch of a dwelling and the working fire was sounded. Within 10 minutes it was reported that the fire was knocked down. Mutual aid was brought in to fill stations and no injuries have been reported.

Barricaded subject in Dracut

Around 3 PM Dracut PD responded to an incident at a home on Hildreth St and a subject has barricaded himself armed with a knife inside the building. Local officials have requested the assistance of the North Eastern Mass Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) as well as the State police stop team responded to the staging area which was established at the DPW yard. There are no reports of injuries at this time and more information will be posted when available.

For more on NEMLEC can be found here:

Brockton Firefighters battling early morning fire

Around 9:30 AM this morning Brockton firefighters were receiving calls for a fire at 20 Delaware Ave. Engine 7 reported while en route to the scene that they had smoke showing from a distance. As soon as they turned the corner they found a 1.5 story wood frame home with heavy smoke and fire showing and the working fire was ordered. No injuries have been reported as of yet.

Update 9:50 AM. Car 56 now reporting it's an outside fire that extended to a 2.5 story wood frame dwelling and all hands are working.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Person stabbed in Everett

Around 10:45 Everett PD and fire officials responded to 17 Waters Ave for a stabbing victim. When officers arrived it was determined that it was the result of a robbery. There was also a report of a suspect possibly barricaded inside of the building. More information to follow as I get it

Downtown Boston water main break

Around 10:40 PM Boston police and fire officials were called to the area of State St and Washington St in the Downtown section for a large water main break. It affected several blocks in the area. There was also mention that water may have gone into the MBTA station on State St. Various agencies responded to the area to assist. N-STAR was called to kill power to buildings that may have sustained damage and MBTA inspectors were also requested to the scene to check the station and to aid in re-routing buses. Boston Police were on hand to detour traffic around the area and Boston Water & Sewer crews were called to stop the water flow & determine the cause of the break.

Stoneham Armed Robbery

Around 10:30 PM Stoneham PD responded to the Dairy Queen at 427 Main Street for a report of a robbery that just occurred. Officers were told the suspect was described as a male subject wearing a plastic mask with "some type of drawing" on it. Based on radio transmissions; as officers were viewing the video, they determined the suspect had what appeared to be a "large" handgun. The suspect then fled in a black sedan down Franklin Street towards Melrose. Surrounding departments were notified via the BAPERN radio system and teletype. No arrests have been made in connection to the incident.

Boston Ladder truck involved in hit/run

Around 7:45 this evening Tower Ladder 10 reported that they were involved in a collision with a passenger car on Forest Hills St near Glen Rd in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston. The vehicle fled the scene; it was described as a black sedan with Florida plates and had a white male operator. The ladder truck actually pursued the car up Forest Hills St where the fire fighters caught up with the car by Cemetery Rd where they exited the apparatus and the vehicle struck a member. No serious injuries were reported and the fire fighter was just shaken up. The ladder truck returned to quarters were EMS & the department photographer (K7) were dispatched. State police also responded to assist at the scene. The suspect vehicle was also wanted in connection to a hit/run in another part of the city

Burlington Car Chase

Around 5:30 this afternoon a vehicle was spotted travelling in a reckless manner on the Middlesex Turnpike by Wheeler Road. The vehicle headed northbound towards the Bedford line until he lost control struck another vehicle and a pole by Mall Road. The operator was almost immediately taken into custody by responding officers without incident. It was stated via radio transmissions that there may be at least 1 minor injury. A wrecker has been requested to remove the vehicle from the scene.

West Brookfield house fire

Around 5 PM today fire fighters from several communities responded to a house fire at 104 Lakeshore Drive in the town of West Brookfield. As of now there have no reports of injuries

Kim Ring from the Telegram & Gazette was at the scene:

Serious crash in Walpole on Route 1

Shortly before 3 PM Detail officers from the state police were in position for traffic enforcement as a result of the Patriots game. One of detail officers reported a crash by the Pine Street traffic lights on Route 1 as a result of someone taking an illegal left turn. Fire and EMS officials responded and the Jaws of Life were needed to extricate the victims from at least 1 of the cars. The southbound side has been temporarily shut down so rescue crews could work safely and clear the scene.

Boston shooting kills one in Dorchester

Around 2 PM this afternoon Boston Police and EMS crews responded to the area of 24 Trull St in the Dorchester section for a reported shooting. Crews located a victim in the rear of 24 Trull St. The officer in charge of the scene requested full notifications to be made which means injuries are considered to be serious and life threatening. Detectives were requested to process the scene. While district units were here processing evidence and interviewing witnesses the EDT'S (Emergency Deployment Teams) were activated to handle calls in the district.

Update 9:30 pm: The victim was transported to the Boston Medical Center with multiple gun shot wounds. He was pronounced deceased. Reports indicate the victim was a male in his 20's. Actual ID has not been released at this time & no arrests have been made.

Vernon CT rollover closes I-84

Around 1:45 this afternoon emergency personnel responded a serious accident involving a vehicle that has rolled over trapping the occupant inside. The Jaws of Life are being used to extricate the victim at this time and a Lifestar helicopter has been requested to land at the scene. The westbound side has been shut down to accommodate the emergency response.

The picture below is the back up approaching the accident scene

Photo courtesy of Alan Chaniewski (Fox news CT)

Update: 2:40 PM:It was being reported that the helicopter that responded had become disabled at the scene once it landed. The fire department apparatus was going to remain at the scene and aid in blocking the scene as well as the helicopter until it is removed. Also the state police will be conducting an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the crash. One lane will be opened shortly but the delays can be expected to last a while longer.

Another shot of the scene courtesy of Ryan Bernat (Fox News CT)

Brookline fire fighters responded to house fire

Just after 12:30 this afternoon Brookline fire fighters were called to 22 York Terrace for a report of smoke coming from the roof. Upon arrival they reported fire inside of a dwelling and began stretching lines. Updates to follow.

Update: At 12:49 the deputy arrived and requested the working fire bringing an additional engine company to the scene. The fire was said to be in a 2.5 story woodframe. It was reported that shortly after that the bulk of the heavy fire was knocked down & companies were going to begin overhaul. No injuries have been reported at this time.

Picture courtesy of Grahame Turner. Editor of the Brookline Patch:

Monday, January 9, 2012

Fatal rush hour crash in Stoughton

Shortly before 6 PM this evening there was a solo vehicle accident on Route 24 South by Route 139 in Stoughton that claimed the life of a woman. Victims ID has been witheld pending notification of next of kin. The ramps at route 139 onto route 24 were subsequently closed as a result of the crash response and investigation

Late AM fire tears through Natick Home

Shortly after 11:30 this morning Natick fire department officials were called to 1 Birch Rd for a report of a fire. The call originally came in for a kitchen fire. Upon arrival companies ordered a 2nd alarm and removed one occupant from the structure with burns covering a percentage of his body and transported to the Mass General Hospital in Boston. At this point in time it is not clear what caused the fire and an investigation is underway.

Late morning robbery at a Cambridge Bank

Around 11:20 AM this morning Cambridge Police were alerted to the Century Bank at 2309 Massachusetts Ave for a reported robbery. Upon arrival they issued a bolo for a 20's year old hispanic male who fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. It is unclear if a weapon was displayed.

Merrimack NH shooting kills child

Around 3 PM yesterday afternoon calls were placed to Merrimack police & fire personnel for a report of a person shot. It was being reported that the victim was 11 years old and no foul play is being suspected.
Source: Fox 25 news

Boston fire fighters in Eastie get some AM fun

Just after 8 AM this morning calls were being placed for a reported building fire in East Boston in the area of 137 Brooks St. Upon arrival of the first due pieces they had heavy smoke showing from a triple decker with fire on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Knock down was being reported within 30 minutes into the incident and it was also reported to have no injuries related to the incident.

Billerica accident sends 1 to the hospital

Around 8 PM this evening it was reported via twitter from @Billericapd that a vehicle struck a tree on Pollard St. The Jaws of Life were used to extricate the victim from the vehicle and was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. Based on scanner transmissions it was also reported that the State Police accident reconstruction team had also been requested to respond. Post will be updated when more information becomes available

Jumper in Beverly

Around 7:45 calls came in reporting a possible jumper off the Beverly/Salem Bridge. At that point officials responded from both towns along with marine 1. Within 20 minutes or so it was reported that the victim had been removed & en route to land where EMS could evaluate then transport.

Serious accident injures infant on Route 3 in Weymouth

Around 7:30 PM Fire and police officials responded to reports of a serious accident involving a vehicle that went into the median. Upon arrival first responders discovered they had two victims trapped in the wreckage. 1 adult and 1 infant. It was reported by radio transmissions from the scene that both were in traumatic arrest and that CPR was in progress on at least 1 of the victims. Both victims were transported by ground to area hospitals while state police accident reconstruction specialists went over the scene to try and determine the events leading to the crash. It is unknown at this time of the victims ages or identities.

Updated: A little late on the update but worthy of being noted; the infant involved did pass away at the hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. The investigation remains under investigation by the state police

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Quincy gets late night work

Update: 11:55 PM-Interior companies are reporting that the fire has been knocked down and they were commencing overhaul operations. At this point in time there is no mention of injuries.

Shortly after 11:30 this evening Quincy fire department officials were dispatched to 94 Airport Road for a report of a fire. Upon arrival of the first due piece it was reported they had a bedroom fire. There is no mention of injuries or people trapped at this time. More information to follow

You can run but not hide from Boston cops

Just before 11 PM tonight Boston Police officers engaged in a short vehicle chase down Blue Hill Ave near Devon St.

Based on scanner transmissions and through twitter handle @brianjdamico it was reported that 3 suspects bailed on Fayston St a nearby residential neighborhood. Additional units from districts B2 & B3 responded to secure the perimeter and a K9 was requested.

2 suspects were almost immediately taken into custody while the third played the "hide & go seek" game. Once that perp heard the welp of the trusty pooch he knew he was down for the count and came out without incident.
Needless to say great work by BPD once again in taking 3 more pieces of scum of the city streets.

Update-11:45 PM: As it turns out the vehicle was reported stolen from Braintree. That department is handling the stolen car report and now possesion of a stolen vehicle will be added to the list of already lenghty proportions to the 3 suspects records.

Thirsty trooper gets a 2 for 1 deal

On Friday afternoon January 6th, Trooper John McKinnon was making a pit stop at a CVS along Boylston St (Route 9) when he was approached by a person stating there was a suspicious person at the pharmacy in the rear of the store. That's where he discovered a 27 year old male from Brockton behind the counter loading up on pain killers. Seeing as the subject was armed with a knife the trooper drew his service weapon and ordered the suspect to drop his weapon. At that point the subject hopped the counter and fled out the store. The trooper ensued in a foot chase behind him and apprehended the subject a Steven Garland of Brockton as he tried to enter his getaway car. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the car was reported stolen. The subject was taken into custody without incident or injury.
Source: Fox 25 news

Deadly pedestrian hit & run in Fairhaven

Shortly before midnight last night; Fairhaven police and fire departments were called to Francis Street for a report of a person lying in the street. Responding EMS pronounced the victim dead at the scene. A Richard Martinez of New Bedford was taken into custody after he turned himself in several hours after the accident.
The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Source: CBS Boston news

Officer safety bolo issued. Perp quickly caught

Update: 10:53 PM. Now the address where the suspect resided from this incident has quite an extensive history in the Lowell community. Check out this link from a fellow blogger by the name of Robert Mills with the Lowell Sun newspaper: Saugus domestic perp with Lowell ties. He can also be followed on twitter under the handle @Robert_Mills

Around 8 PM in the town of Saugus there was a domestic incident involving Phil Phin- a 23 year old that resided on Westford St in Lowell. This subject is well known to Lowell PD and does have affiliation to a local gang. Upon fleeing the scene in Saugus, Phin made statements that he would put up a fight with anyone who attempted to stop him

Based on scanner transmisisons the subject fled the scene in a honda civic hatchback with Mass plates and may possibly be in possession if a firearm. An officer safety BOLO (Be On the Look Out) was issued and numerous agencies were dispersing information to their officers.

Within 20 minutes of the BOLO being issued it was reported by Saugus PD that the vehicle was located and the subject was taken into custody without further incident.

Outside fire damages multi family home in Lowell

Just before 3:30 this afternoon Lowell fire fighters responded to reports of a structure fire on Ames Place. Companies arrived and found an outside fire extending into a 2 story 40X50  multi family home. This area is a tight knit area of one way streets and dead ends and made getting to the scene fairly difficult. Within 30 minutes the fire was knocked down and companies began the overhaul process. There was also smoke and water damage to a similar structure on Butnam Place as a result.

Another one rolls in the tunnels

Shortly after 8:30 tonight, State police and Boston fire officials responded to reports of a car that rolled over with a person trapped on Interstate 93 North just inside the entrance to the Tip Oneil tunnel. Upon arrival the occupant of the car was self extricated not requiring the Jaws of Life and Boston EMS personnel attained a patient refusal. 2 lanes were closed as responders worked to clear the scene and reopen all travel lanes. The volume of traffic was light so the impact on traffic was minimal

Serious MVA closes Route 53 in Duxbury

Shortly before 9 PM  this evening members of Duxbury Fire and police departments were summonsed to Route 53 near Kingston Way for a report of a head on collision with entrapment. Upon arrival a request was immediately made for Medflight, and a 2nd set of the Jaws of Life were requested to the scene as well as a mutual aid ambulance was requested to respond. An engine company was dispatched to the Chandler School to aid Medflight at the landing zone.

Updates to follow as I get them.