Multiple Boston Fires Look Suspicious

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

Firefighters raced to multiple structure fires burning at the same time or right after one another. Here is a recap of what has been happening in the last two to three hours in the City of Boston.

BEACON STREET

520 Block | Dumpster fire. Near 1583 Beacon Street x Massachusetts Avenue

  • 2102 EST | E33 arrived

295 block | Outside Fire. Near 1579 Beacon Street x Exeter Street.

  • 2118 EST | L15 arrived
  • 2119 EST | Engine Company is at

297 block | Structure Fire. 7-story apartment building. Originally outside fire extended into the basement.

  • 2215 EST | 9-1-1 call received.
  • 2216 EST | 1-alarm fire response.
  • 2218 EST | Fire in basement, extending to walls. 2nd alarm requested by Command. E4 (2nd Alarm) arrived
  • 2219 EST | L24 (2nd Alarm) arrived, 3 lines operating
  • 2220 EST | Originally outside fire extended inside building, Special unit arrived
  • 2221 EST | Air Unit arrived
  • 2223 EST | C22 (2nd Alarm) arrived. Fire extended into basement, up floors 1 and 2. 4 lines operating.
  • 2225 EST | Primary search negative, 4 operating lines, Ladder Company opening up walls & checking for extensions.
  • 2231 EST | Fire knocked down, still checking for extension. Companies in overhaul.
  • 2233 EST | Kilo 6 (2nd Alarm) arrived.
  • 2243 EST | Kilo 48 (2nd Alarm) arrived.
  • 2341 EST | Alpha 10 (2nd Alarm) arrived.
  • 2346 EST | 9 residents displaced. Property loss estimated at $150,000. FIU is investigating. Cause unknown.
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Credit | Boston Fire Department

CLARENDON STREET

420 Public Alley | Trash fire. Near 1578 Beacon Street.

  • 2128 EST | Ladder 17, E22 arrived at
  • 2131 EST | Car 4

EXETER STREET

House #11 | Trash fire. Near 1579 Beacon Street and Exeter Street.

  • 2118 EST | E7 is at
  • 2136 EST | Kilo 6
  • 2137 EST | Car 4 is at

House #11 | Trash fire now structure fire. Near 1579 Beacon Street x Exeter.

  • 2203 EST | Engines 3, 7, 22; Ladders 26, 17; Rescue 1 on-scene
  • 2204 EST | Tower L3 and H1
  • 2206 EST | REHAB Unit, Car 3, 6.
  • 2226 EST | Fire in the basement, extending to floor 2. 2nd Alarm called.

GREENOCK STREET

32 Greenock Street | Structure fire. Near 3618 Blue Hill Avenue x Greenock Street.

  • 2319 EST | L29, Car 8 dispatched.
  • 2320 EST | Engines 16, 24, 18, Ladder 13 and Rescue 2 dispatched.

WARREN AVENUE

House # 156 | Structure fire. Near 1556 Warren Avenue x West Brookline Street.

  • 2206 EST | E37 and L4 on-scene
  • 2207 EST | E14, E4, L18, Rescue 2.
  • 2208 EST | Car 11. E10 arrived

Information gleaned from Media, verified FD and EM sources. – Ed.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/10/2021 2325 PT

7-Alarm Queens Fire Scorches Structures

QUEENS, NEW YORK

On Friday night, January 8th, a fire broke out on the first floor of a nail salon in a 3-story commercial (mixed-use) structure then spread to other businesses. What would start out as a 1st Alarm response, would quickly escalate to a 7th Alarm.

Firefighters brought the fire under control at 0851 EST on Saturday for the incident that was listed as Box 4464. 136-15 37th Avenue, on Main Street x 37th Avenue in the Flushing area in Queens, New York

Firefighters spent the morning on Saturday, January 9th with their continuous firefight from in frigid temps overnight with challenges they had in getting water on the fire due to difficult access.

Seven firefighters suffered minor injuries and three businesses were gutted.

The Queens Borough President Donovan Richards states his office stands ready to provide assistance to these businesses.

Significant events that played out during this incident:

January 9th

  • 7th Alarm (0519)
  • 6th Alarm (0643)
  • 5th Alarm (0221)
  • 4th Alarm (0122)
  • 3rd Alarm (0022)
  • 2nd Alarm (0011)

January 8th

  • 1st Alarm (2357)

QUEENS FIRE HISTORY | For fires or incidents greater than 2nd alarms.

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January 9 Fire. Credit: NYC EM

Queens has been known for its escalated fire alarms as many of the structures are attached to one another, called row houses that are made of old wood and several do not have smoke alarms.

In this day in age, it would not be surprising to know that many businesses also have not upgraded to sprinklers.

FDNY firefighters and their agency overall have been working tirelessly to educate and help provide the necessary tools to help their communities to become fire smart.

Here are some of the fires from over the years and even our most recent history in the last five years.

2012

October 30

Large fire during Hurricane Sandy shows the large fire footprint left behind after the gigantic inferno in the Breezy Point area. 50 homes were destroyed.

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Photo Credit: AR-1 DMAT

2013

April

11 injured with four in critical condition. Early morning house fire.

2014

March 15

Large multi-alarm brush fire. So big and robust, it is picked up on a local news radar of just how gigantic it is from its smoke plume.

December 18

5 alarm. Box 2131 103-45 97th Street. Apartment building.

2015

May 31

One-story commercial structure fire. 5th alarm.

November 8

Home under construction catches on fire and taking two homes with it.

2016

August 4

Big fire breaks out on Queens Blvd and 34-38th Streets. 3rd alarm. Commercial structure fire.

2017

January 30

More than 160 firefighters responded, fought a huge blaze at a restaurant and injuring five people.

April 23

Five were killed including three children in a residential (dwelling) fire. Media reports there was no smoke alarm.

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Credit: NYC EM

September

A landlord dies in a residential home fire.

2018

March 16

Scrap yard fire. 5th Alarm. 187-10 Jamaica Avenue. Yard backs up to the Long Island Railroad. All LIRR trains were stopped during the incident.

April

Three are killed in a house fire.

June 4

Nine FDNY firefighters are hurt along with two civilians.

June 18

Bellerose Manor section. One person died. 7 firefighters were injured with conditions of minor to serious. Fire broke out around 1900 hours EST.

September 29

3rd alarm. House fire

4th alarm. Auto body shop.

December 13

5-alarm. 1-story commercial building on Queens Blvd. heavy fire and smoke conditions. Backdraft and explosion occurred. Minor injuries (firefighters).

December 27

Transformer explosion at Con Edison plant. LaGuardia Airport goes on lockdown and on emergency power. Many inbound flights holding and diverting. Passengers were held on aircraft at gates. Ground stop in effect. Turned the sky neon blue.

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Credit: NYC EM

2019

February 24

3rd alarm. House fire. 3-alarm. Structure fire. Box 4630. 94-02 42nd Avenue. Heavy fire on floors 1 and 2 of a 3-story private dwelling.

March 13

House fire. Child killed. Six others injured.

April 5

3-alarms. 93-13 101st Avenue. 2-story commercial structure with mixed occupancy. Fire in two buildings. Ozone Park.

July 10

An entire family perishes inside their home. Residential structure fire.

2020

January 5

4 alarm. 78-17 101st Avenue. Fire throughout the whole building with extension to exposures 2 A, a 2-story wood dwelling. Ozone Park in Queens.

January 8

4 Alarm commercial structure fire.

March 10

3-alarm. Box 9361. 97-12 Northern Blvd. Fire in 3-story mixed use building with extension to exposures.

July 23

Multiple calls come in for a lightning strike of a home.

July 27

Eight are hurt in house fire.

November 13

3-alarm. 136-11 38th Avenue. Box 4464. Commercial structure fire.

November 18

3-alarm. 22-11 New Haven. Heavy fire on 5th floor extending to 6th floor. 7-floor multiple dwelling.

December 9

6-alarm fire in Queens. Box 66-9633, 109-25 Jamaica Avenue. Firefighters on-scene within three minutes but challenges arose as the fire quickly spread in old row wood frame buildings causing 40 people to be displaced. No injuries were reported.

Information has been gleaned from verified FD sources, media and eyewitness accounts. Dates are approximate as published on digital platforms. – Ed.

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Credit: FDNY

“Working alarms are the most critical component of your escape plan. Be #FDNYSmart – have both a smoke and CO alarm, or a combination smoke/CO alarm, where you sleep and on every level of your home, including basements. See more at http://fdnysmart.org” – FDNY

The FDNY says that 1/3 of home fires occur usually during the months of December through February and most are preventable

Here are some tips in order to become #FDNYSmart:

  • Most candle fire victims are between ages 5-9. Keep them out of their reach.
  • Keep hallways and exits clear of clutter. This will allow an easier escape during a fire, and will give first responders access to your home during an emergency.
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 ft. from bedding, curtains, and other materials, and always plug your heater directly into the wall.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/10/2021 2325 PT

Update 2 | Torrance Police Response

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA

Torrance Police are on-scene to the Del Amo Fashion Center (Mall) reports of 500-plus teenagers rushed in the Del Amo Mall with some eyewitness accounts to local media outlets as looting some of its stores.

Media is reporting at least one person has been shot near the Burlington Coat Factory side of the mall.

Multiple agencies worked together to clear the shopping mall, evacuate any of the employees and other persons, while setting up a perimeter, searching for subjects and suspects. Additionally, detainee buses were ordered and arrived on-scene.

Barrier buses were also set-up to block major entrances and mall driveways.

The Dispatch Center was getting calls of small number of groups had arrived outside one hotel and another big box store and loitering. It was unknown if they were part of the same original group or a new one arriving in the area.

Around 2030 hours PT, air was opened to respond to normal calls for service.

If see something, say something by not approaching them and calling 9-1-1 when you are in a safe and secure location.

Live coverage is on our Twitter page @nwfireblog . We are currently off this incident for live coverage on Twitter but we are monitoring the scanner feed.

Info will be shared if the situation changes or new information is released by verified Law Enforcement officials.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 1/9/2021 2034 PT

Update 3 | 3-Alarm Fire in Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Florida

Firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire in the area of North Main Street and West Union Street for a commercial structure fire on January 9, 2021 evening. The building is located near a 7-11 and Shell station.

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Credit: JFRDJAX

Firefighters arrived just after 1736 hours PT and reporting a 2-story commercial building with fire from floor two. The building’s integrity was reported as unstable and collapsed shortly after arriving. Media reports which was retweeted by the City of Jacksonville (FL) states this was once a funeral home and vacant.

Over 100 firefighters would fight the stubborn blaze and was brought under control over one hour on the incident clock.

Significant events included: firefighters having to cool a propane tank at the nearby 7-11 store and working to set-up a collapse zone to keep all resources and firefighters safe.

Here are some footage of this evening’s fire:

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No reports of injuries to citizens or firefighters were reported.

Firefighters will remain overnight for fire watch after putting out hot spots and overhaul operations.

Cause is unknown at the time of this post.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Update 3 – 1/9/2021 1940 PT

Breaking | Del Amo Mall Melee, Shooting

TORRANCE, CALIFORNIA

Torrance Police are on-scene to the Del Amo Fashion Center (Mall) reports of 500-plus teenagers rushed in the Del Amo Mall with some seen as looting stores.

Media is reporting at least one person has been shot near the Burlington Coat Factory side of the mall.

A Police chopper is overhead and assisting Officers.

Mutual aid is en route.

AVOID THE AREA.

Police are working to clear the full shopping mall.

Due to Officer Safety, we will not be releasing Officer locations and some tweets may be on a delay.

This is a very active incident and we are unsure if anyone has been injured.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 1/9/2021 1930 PT

Unit Responds to Mt Baldi for Fire

MT BALDI, CALIFORNIA

A Brush truck (Brush Truck 200) along with additional resources were dispatched at 1830 hours PT to the the Mt. Baldi Ski Lift for a reported 9-1-1 call regarding a camp fire in the south parking lot.

This is an active incident and units are still en route.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 1/9/2021 1833 PT

Motor Bike Rider Down in Marysville WA

MARYSVILLE, WASHINGTON STATE

Fire units 8N4, A62A, E61, E63, M61, M63, B62B and 8R23 have been dispatched to a motorcyclist down on 88th Street NE at State Avenue in Marysville, Washington.

There are no other vehicles reportedly seen in the area.

No condition of the victim is known.

AVOID THE AREA.

This is an active incident.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 1/9/2021 1830 PT

County Firefighters Fight Big Fire in CA

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA

San Bernardino County firefighters are fighting a large commercial structure fire in the 600 block of North Arrowhead with heavy fire on the Delta side and extension to the first floor of the building.

This is a developing story. Very limited sources reporting.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 1/9/2021 1825 PT

Sno Co Firefighters Respond to Home Fire

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Snohomish County Firefighters are currently en route to a residential structure fire in the 5400 block of 101st Place NW in Marysville, Washington State. It is said that the fan in the home’s bathroom caught fire.

Units dispatched are A62, B61, E61, E63, E68, L62, M61.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 1/9/2021 1810 PT

Avalanche Prompts SAR Response in BC

COWBOY RIDGE, CANADA

An avalanche occurred at 1515 hours PT on Saturday, January 9, 2021, for a size 3 Avalanche response by the RCMP Whistler and Whistler SAR to the Cowboy Ridge, which is just south of Whistler.

RCMP Officials are asking the public to call if you were in the area or are still in the area by calling them at 604-932-3044.

Though Law Enforcement says all parties are accounted for and they have ID’d all those who were in the area earlier, they are working to ensure no other persons are still in the area. Lots of resources have been activated.

It is unknown which SAR units are en route to the area, such as avalanche search dogs and the Ski Patrol unit member like we have here in the United States.

This is a developing story and updates will be posted as information is received.

ABOUT COWRIDGE RIDGE

Cowboy Ridge is said to be a popular area for backcountry skiers which is like the final downhill leg of a marathon skiing tour that has room for lots of twists and turns as you wind down from the Singing Pass Trail into Whistler Village.

It is said to be the playground for the more experienced skiers and advanced alike.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 1/9/2021 1745 PT