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Five fires put out overnight

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. — Fire officials are offering a reward for information after five fires were reportedly intentionally set in Southbridge over the weekend.

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The overnight fires damaged homes at 44, 45 and 46 Cohasee St;, Oakridge Street and 173 Everett St, according to the state fire marshal. No injuries were reported.

“Neighbors should keep an eye on each other’s property and report any suspicious activity,” Southbridge Fire Chief Mark DiFronzo said.

An award of up to $5,000 is available for anyone with information that helps solve the arson crime. The number for the statewide Arson Hotline is 1-800-682-9229.

Large number of oxygen tanks found in Olive Street home

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Firefighters were pushed back by explosion as they battled flames at a Lawrence home late Wednesday night.

The fire broke out at 11:30 p.m. on Olive Street. Flames were shooting through the roof when crews rushed into the building as they arrived.

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A large number of oxygen tanks inside the home quickly made for a very dangerous situation.

The fire chief said it’s not clear why so many oxygen tanks were in the home.

No one was injured, but the family’s dog is missing.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

Car fire spread to neighboring home, officials say


BOSTON — An eight-alarm fire that was fueled by strong winds scorched an East Boston neighborhood Wednesday night and damaged several homes, but miraculously no serious injuries were reported.

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According to the Boston Fire Department, a car caught fire in a driveway adjacent to 85 Lexington St. The fire traveled out of the car and up the left side of the house, which was about a foot away.

Fire officials said flames also extended into the home via a basement window next to the car and traveled up from inside.

“I was doing my homework and I smelled fire,” Abigail Solomon said. “My little brother was pointing at the window, and when I looked it was all smoke and I screamed as loud as I could.”

Boston Fire Department officials said the building at 89 Lexington St. received melted siding, smoke and water damage while 83 Lexington St. received fire, water and smoke damage.

“We saw the smoke so I just called 911. I didn’t know what it was,” Tammy Jakaus said. “When we came down here and saw it, it was just crazy. It was just fire everywhere.”

As firefighters descended on Lexington Street, neighbors huddled together and held their breath.

Engine 33 and Ladder 15 were among those responding companies, with their hearts still heavy with the recent loss of Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy due to a massive fire on Beacon Street last month.

Residents said they applauded responding firefighters.

“We talked to one of the firefighters and we gave them a round of applause because I respect firefighters trying to help a lot of people living in the houses,” Christian Gutierrez said.

Officials estimate at least 33 people have been displaced from the three homes and the American Red Cross is assisting those families.

Members of the Boston Fire Department estimate damages to be at least $750,000 as a result of the fire.

Posted: Apr 09, 2014 5:14 PM EDTUpdated: Apr 09, 2014 5:46 PM EDT

 A 2-alarm fire broke out at an apartment building in South Boston Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to the 4-story building at 52 Thomas Park at around 4:23 p.m.

Fire was reported on the rear porches on the third and fourth floors.

One resident was treated and transported by Boston EMS to Mass. General Hospital with burns. A firefighter was also injured and transported with a shoulder injury. Their injuries are not life-threatening.

The Boston Fire Department is reporting that the fire is now out.

A total of five people and one dog have been displaced from the three apartments and all have a place to stay.

Fire officials are estimating the damage at $600,000.

Route 140 closed as crews battle blaze

Firefighters battle barn fire in Belmont

BELMONT, N.H. — Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze Sunday on Depot Street in Belmont that destroyed an unoccupied pig barn.

No injuries were reported.

Route 140 was closed while crews battled the barn fire at 41 Depot St. Drivers were urged to seek alternate routes.

Heavy smoke was also reported in the area.

Neighbor Marcus Weeks was one of the first people to spot the fire. “At first we saw the black smoke so we ran down to make sure no one was involved, there were no animals in it,” he said.

Thousands of bales of hay were inside the barn, making it all the more challenging for firefighters.

“There were about 2,000 bails of hay which is typical this time of year,” aid Belmont Fire Chief David Parenti. “The problem with the hay, once we start wetting it down, we just get more and more smoke so we need an excavator.”

Once the flames were out out, firefighters worked to make sure flames did not flare up.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Location hosts weddings, other private events

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A wedding was cut short and a well-known Foxborough landmark was destroyed in a three-alarm fire that broke out Saturday night. Fire officials say careless disposal of a cigarette sparked the blaze.

Flames ripped through the Lakeview Pavilion, a private lakefront venue that routinely hosts weddings and special events.

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The fire started around 7:15 p.m. just as the wedding ceremony concluded, Justice of the Peace Jerry Cibley said.

“I had literally just pronounced them husband and wife, and they proceeded down the center aisle with the groomsmen and bridesmaids,” he said.

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Foxborough Fire Department Capt. Ed Noonan told NewsCenter 5′s Kimberly Bookman that the blaze started in the back of the building where people gathered before the wedding ceremony. He said the fire was sparked by a cigarette disposed of in mulch that ignited vinyl siding on the building.

Cibley declined to name the bride and groom, saying the couple was distraught by the fire.

“The bride and groom are devastated — this was their big day,” he told the Sun Chronicle. “I’m thankful everybody got out safely. It went up so quickly and could have been a lot worse with 140 to 150 people in there.”

There were no reports of injuries.

Lakeview Pavilion was built in 1906. About 200 upcoming events were scheduled at the venue, and the owner plans to have an office on the site Monday to help customers.

In a statement released Sunday, the owners said they were grateful that no one was injured and thanked first responders.

“The Kourtidis family is devastated by the loss of the beautiful function facility that we have nurtured for over 25 years,” the statement said. “We want all of our brides and grooms and customers to know that they are our first priority. We are dedicated to making sure that they still have the wedding or event of their dreams. We are in contact with venues in the area and will be assisting all of you as you transition to a new location.”

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Motel fire started in kitchen

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MIDDLETON, Mass. — A fire that started in a kitchen forced 60 guests at a Middleton motel out of their rooms early Saturday morning.

The fire at the Candlelite Motel on Route 114 quickly spread to three alarms, fire officials said.

The owner of the motel went door to door to get everyone out of their rooms.  There were no injuries.

The American Red Cross is assisting those who were displaced.

Weymouth firefighters battle 3-alarm fire

WEYMOUTH, Mass. — Route 3A was closed between Weymouth and Quincy as firefighters fought a three-alarm fire in a strip mall Saturday morning.

The fire broke out about 6:30 a.m. in an adult novelty store.   Dense black smoke could be seen for miles.

There were no reports of injuries.

NewsCenter 5 and will have updates on this developing story.

Crews fighting fire on Waverly Road

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Firefighters are battling a three-alarm fire in North Andover.

The fire broke out in a multi-family home on Waverly Road.

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Fire breaks out in multifamily on Crescent and Brown streets

WALTHAM, Mass. — A man was killed Friday in an early morning fire in Waltham, according to fire officials.

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The two-alarm fire started around 3:08 a.m. in a multifamily home at the corner of Crescent and Brown streets, according to Waltham fire.

The fire was called in by a passerby.

A person from the first floor and a person from the second floor were rescued by firefighters.

The victim’s name and age have not been released.

According to the Red Cross, eight people were affected by the 240 Crescent St. fire.

The fire is under investigation.


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