Monday, April 30, 2012

Man injured in fiery rollover crash

During the early evening hours of April 29th, the Massachusetts State Police as well as Andover fire/rescue personnel responded to Interstate 93 NB half a mile before the I-495 interchange for a rollover accident with a report of the car on fire.

I was minutes away from this when it was dispatched over the air so I took to the highway & headed for the scene.  Upon my arrival there were at least 2 vehicles involved 1 of which had lost control and subsequently traveled across all 4 lanes of the northbound side went airborne through a highway sign & finally coming to rest on it's side in the woods to the right side of the roadway and bursting into flames. A passerby in a vehicle identified as New Hampshire State Trooper Scott Frye; who was traveling with the  NH Governor; John Lynch & his wife; stopped to assist the occupant of the vehicles involved. Trooper Frye was able to remove the victim from the vehicle & pull him to the breakdown lane of the highway were he was met by arriving first responders. Trooper Frye did receive minor injuries (cuts & scrapes) & smoke inhalation as a result of the fire. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment & later released. The victim in the vehicle that was pulled to safety was transported to the Lawrence General Hospital for treatment by ambulance.

The 2 right lanes as well as the breakdown lane of the highway were shutdown so officials could work the scene. The roadway was completely open to all traffic around 8:30 PM

The investigation into the facts & circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation by Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police. It is unclear at this time if anyone will face charges as a result of the incident.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Boston firefighters battle a 2 alarm fire in Roxbury

Around 11:30 this morning calls to Boston fire alarm were reporting fire at 81 Moreland St in the Roxbury section of the city. Firefighters arrived to the 3 story building reporting fire in the basement and quickly making an advance up all floors to the attic area of the structure. Rescue 2 has conducted a primary search of all floors and they are reported to be clear at this time. Several hand-lines are stretched & ladder trucks are opening up to ventilate the building.

At 12 PM it was reported that the main body of fire has been knocked down & companies were chasing hot spots & overhauling. 10 minutes later it was reported that the 2nd alarm companies were beginning to make up.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

South Shore bank robbery

Shortly after 10 AM the South Shore Savings Bank in Weymouth on Washington St was robbed by 2 males. They fled the area in a grey jeep. Braintree attempted to stop the vehicle after noticing erratic operation on Route 37 however the vehicle failed to stop & continued heading towards Brockton. The state police joined the chase launching the air-wing to assist. Air 5 was shortly overhead. The suspects ditched an "item" on Glendale St in the city of Brockton. The heavyset white male suspect was quickly apprehended by officers. The black male suspect was apprehended shortly by officers near Sawtell & Field Streets. An area search for evidence & weapons recovered, based on scanner transmissions, a toy gun.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Arlington MA-2nd alarm

Around 4:30 this morning firefighters answered the call to 40 Dudley Street; a 2 story mixed occupancy type building, Commercial businesses on 1st floor with apartments above. There was a partial roof collapse & ladder pipe operations were used for a short time. All occupants were safely evacuated and the cause remains under investigation.

Here is a short video clip:Arlington Dudley St. 2nd alarm

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Car chase ends in crash from Canton into Norwood

Shortly before 1 AM on April 9th Canton PD tried to initiate a vehicle stop in their city. The operator failed to stop & took off leading a chase that ended in a car crash on Washington Street in Norwood. The subject did flee the scene but was quickly apprehended by officers. Norfolk county sheriff K9 unit also assisted at the scene. The subject was transported to an area hospital with injuries from the incident & later transported to the police station on booking on charges relevant to the incident. 

Occupy MBTA sets up shop at the state house

During the afternoon of April 8th; a group of people gathered on the steps of the state house on Beacon Hill to protest the MBTA fare hikes & service cuts proposal. Crowd was small in nature but an MSP detail was assigned due to the potential security threat that may have been posed due to the security of the building.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Buffalo NY: Fire in a church. 3 alarms sounded

Just before 6 pm this afternoon; Buffalo firefighters answered the call for a fire in a church at Tacoma & Colvin Avenues. Upon arrival the 2nd & 3rd alarms were sounded in rapid succession. Their was an unconfirmed report of mayday inside but it turned out to be an accidental trigger of the emergency button. All companies are heavily engaged at the scene.

Update: 6:25 PM: Firefighters continuing an aggressive interior attack. A member of rescue 1 was injured at the scene. A mayday was NOT transmitted. Injuries are not yet known. Fire starting to vent thru the roof. Multi hand lines are in operation and a deck gun is being put into operation.

Update: 6:35 PM: Ceilings being opened on floors 2 & 3. very heavy smoke conditions throughout the structure. Sounds like it's a 4 story church. Fire starting to extend into the steeple area.

Update: 7:02 PM: Command placing the fire under control. Crews continuing extensive overhaul operations.

Live audio is here: Radio reference feed

Fatal pedestrian accident in Lynn

Around 11 AM this morning first responders responded to the Lynnway near #808 for reports of an accident involving a pedestrian. Once at the scene crews had an 80 year old male victim that had been struck in between the left 2 lanes center lanes for the 3 lane roadway in serious condition. A med-flight rescue helicopter was summonsed to the scene then was cancelled. The victim was transported to the Union Hospital in Lynn where he was pronounced dead.

Spokesman Sean Lewis with the State Police stated in a press release:
The man was among a group of pedestrians attempting to cross the roadway from the center median near 808 Lynnway at about 11 a.m. Saturday.

Adriana Ribeiro, a 37-year-old Swampscott woman, stopped her Land Rover to let the group cross, But when the group of pedestrians got to the middle of the three-lane road, a 22-year-old Somerville woman failed to stop, and the 2000 Nissan Altima she was driving struck the Boston man.

The release also said Guerbie Gilles, the Altima driver, was transported to Lynn Union Hospital along with the Boston man. They did not release his name and did not mention on any injures Gilles may have sustained in the incident.

While police investigated the crash, they closed the third and second travel lanes on the southbound Lynnway for about two hours.

Firefighters battle early evening brush fire in Lynn

Once again early yesterday evening April the 13th firefighters converged on 810 Lynnway for a reported brush fire. Upon arrival engine companies reported an extensive area of roughly 2-3 acres going at the site of the former Harbour House Hotel. District Chief Jim McDonald stated that companies remained on the scene for close to 2.5 hours while they doused hot spots. He also stated that despite the small amount of rain that was received in the recent day was of little help & the threat remains significant.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Waterbury Connecticut mill fire

Around 5:30 yesterday afternoon numerous firefighters descended upon East Liberty & Mill Streets in Waterbury Connecticut and battled a blaze at a vacant mill complex formerly the Nova Dye and Print factory. The building was approximately 1 block long by 1 block wide and 4 stories tall. There was a pancake type collapse in the rear. Numerous hand lines & master streams were in operation & took several hours to knock down the heavy volume of fire. Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the night and into the morning hours dousing hot spots.

Bomb Threat at Springfield nightclub

Around 11 PM last night the Springfield police and fire departments responded to the Hippodrome night club on Main Street for a report of a bomb threat received via telephone from the Burger King on State St. Officers were subsequently dispatched to that location & were unable to locate the caller. Police and fire officials did search the building & came up empty handed. Evacuations were not ordered of the club and the event scheduled continued without any interruptions.

3 bells ring in Wrentham

Just before 5 AM this AM firefighters were called to 95 Desert Brook Road for a report of a fire. On arrival they had heavy fire conditions visible from a large 2.5 story dwelling set back quite a distance from the road.=; a 2nd alarm was ordered. Due to conditions deteriorating quickly the 3rd alarm was transmitted & the fire broke through the roof. A partial roof collapse was also reported via scanner transmissions. Mutual aid was called to assist at the scene and to provide station coverage for the city.  No injuries have been reported at this time.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Dartmouth accident involving a motorcycle

Earlier this week Dartmouth fire & police departments responded to Milton & Sharp streets for a collision between a car & a motorcycle. Both occupants of the motorcycle were airlifted to Rhode Island Hospital. The male victim-Steve Adams of Fall River was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the hospital. The second victim-Jennifer Costa age 31 of Fall River succumbed to her injuries late in the day Thursday at Rhode Island Hospital. The facts & circumstances leading up to the events of the crash remain under investigation.

Man trapped in paper silo

I couldn't believe it at first when it came over the scanner but YES, Somerville does have silos. I'll prove it.

Around 9:30 pm on Thursday, April 5th ; public safety in the city of Somerville MA responded to the address of 48 3rd Ave in the Innerbelt section of the city. The company was Universal Wilde, a printing company. Upon their arrival they had a 47 year old male victim by the name of Carlos fell into a paper silo after he was attempting to clear a jam inside. The victim became stuck inside the silo and buried in scrap paper which would have eventually lead to a compactor below. The fire department utilized a hose line to flood out the silo in an attempt to locate the victim.Once the victim was removed fire fighters continued to flush the silo to prevent any fire that may or could have occurred as a result of the friction from the saw blades

According to Deputy Chief Robert Lyons, the injuries are said to be minor & not life threatening. The firefighters utilized saws to cut open the top & side of the silo to try to gain access to remove the victim. The victim was extricated around 10:15 PM and was transported to the Mass General Hospital in Boston for treatment. Aside from having difficulty breathing I guess you could say he had a few paper cuts.