Archives For January 2014
Fire chief calls boy hero, says two could have been trapped
HUDSON, N.H. — A 7-year-old Hudson boy is being called a hero after saving his grandmother from a fire Friday morning.
Fire officials said the boy saw smoke in the house at 13 Mobile Drive and woke his grandmother up. The fire tore through the mobile home, which is considered a total loss.
“There were flames just shooting out everywhere. A lot of smoke,” said neighbor Carol Montminy. “I was like, ‘Oh, my God.’ You can’t believe it. You’re in shock.”
The home caught fire just before 7 a.m. More than a dozen firefighters fought the blaze.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
“It was within minutes of being a fatal fire,” said Deputy Fire Chief John O’Brien.
O’Brien said the boy woke up his grandmother in just enough time to let them escape safely.
“He awoke, saw the trailer filling with smoke and saw the fire in the trailer and woke his grandmother, and they were just barely able to escape,” O’Brien said.
The family dog was unable to make it out and died in the fire. O’Brien said the boy and his grandmother were the only people inside the home at the time.
Investigators said there were no smoke detectors in the home.
“We can’t stress enough the importance of fire detectors,” O’Brien said.
The boy and his grandmother were checked out at a hospital as a precaution but were both OK.
By Lane Lambert, Patriot Ledger
QUINCY, Mass. — Police are looking for two suspects who robbed a Dunkin’ Donuts early Friday morning, after they struck and kicked two employees, and threatened them with a handgun. They also stole one of the employees’ car, our news partners at the Patriot Ledger reported.
Capt. John Dougan said the robbery occurred about 3:30 a.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 687 Hanock St. in the Wollaston neighborhood.
Dougan said the store’s assistant manager told police she’d just arrived for work and was sitting in her parked Ford Escort, waiting for another employee to let her in, when she saw someone waving at the side door.
When she stepped inside, “an unknown male” grabbed her from behind, threw her to the floor, brandished a handgun and demanded that she open the store safe. When she said she couldn’t open the safe, he struck her in the head.
The other employee, a male, told police that a second man assaulted him from behind the same way. The second man kicked him when he said he couldn’t open the safe.
Both employees told the assailants there was money in the register drawers. The two men dragged both to the store’s freezer area, took the cash and left.
The assistant manager said she waited five minutes before she called police, to be sure the robbers were gone. She then saw that they’d stolen her car.
Dougan said he didn’t know whether the employees were treated at the scene for their injuries or taken to the hospital. He said it’s not clear whether the suspects broke in, or surprised the second employee when he arrived for work.
Dougan said the suspects were both described as black males dressed in black and wearing ski masks. One was 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, and of stocky build. The other suspect is 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 160.
The stolen car is a 1999 white Escort, with the license plate 25BK85. Anyone with information about the robbery or the car is urged to contact detectives at 617-479-1212.
Classmates came to Kennebunk Middle School student’s aid
KENNEBUNK, Maine —A Maine student was injured Friday morning when the iPhone in her pants’ pocket caught fire.
Kennebunk Middle School Principal Jeff Rodman said the 13-year-old girl sat down in a classroom and heard a pop, and smoke began billowing from the back of her pants.
Rodman said three of her classmates came to her aid as her pants caught on fire.
One of the students went to get teachers who brought a blanket and an extinguisher to try to put out the fire, according to Rodman.
As they helped the girl get her pants off, the cellphone fell out of her pocket.
The school initiated a hold-in-place for about 20 minutes
Emergency crews arrived and took the girl to Southern Maine Medical Center in Biddeford, where she was treated for first- and second-degree burns.
Rodman sent a letter to parents of students informing them of the situation.
Super Bowl legend and former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath believes he has suffered some long-term effects from concussions he got while playing in the NFL, he tells Rita Braver in this preview of an interview to be broadcast on “Sunday Morning” February 2.