At 1217 on July 18, 2010, Beverly Fire Department Divers were requested to assist Firefighters and Police Officers in the Town of Danvers after a truck rolled into the water at Pope’s Landing’s public launch. There were no occupants in the vehicle and the response was solely to recover the truck and trailer.
Upon arrival, divers found the vehicle submerged in approximately six feet of water thirty feet from shore. Two markers on the trailer were still above the water line as the trailer had spun when the truck rolled leaving it in slightly shallower water. Divers Steven Grant and Jon palm entered the water and attached a cable to the front of the truck so that the truck and attached trailer could be removed from the water.
The vehicle, a 2000 Ford Ranger, was removed without incident and divers were clear of the scene by 1311.
Beverly Firefighters Assist Swampscott
Beverly Firefighters Brian Miller and Scott Perkins responded with Engine 5 to a 4 alarm fire in Swampscott on Saturday, July 17. The crew of Engine 5 worked inside the home with other mutual aid crews digging out hidden fire in the walls.
Pictures of Marine 1 taken on July 13, 2010
Firefighters extinguished a fire in the exterior walls caused by careless disposal of smoking materials in a planter next to the door.
Building Fire 51 Essex St.
At 0340 on July 13, Truck 1 was dispatched to 51 Essex St for a report of a fire in planter. Upon arrival, Captain Jeff Sirois found smoke coming from the eaves of the house with smoke also building up inside the hallway. Captain Sirois requested an additional response of two Engines and the officer in Charge as a fire inside the building was suspected.
While firefighters were looking for the source of the fire, a Beverly Police Officer entered the building and evacuated a tenant in a third floor apartment that was unaware that there was a fire burning inside the buildings walls. Heavy smoke in the hallway made conditions almost unbearable for even the short time during their escape.
Crews located the fire inside the walls surrounding the front door of the structure. The crews were able to dismantle the walls surrounding the door and extinguish the fire before it extended beyond the first floor.
No one was displaced as a result of the fire, but Deputy Chief William Walsh pointed out the lack of operating smoke detectors as the reason that a third floor occupant was unaware of the dangers burning below. “Had an occupant on the floors below not been alarmed by the odor and called for help, this fire could have had tragic results” said Walsh.
Smoke detectors are required by law and have saved many lives. Unfortunately, lack of maintenance is often a cause for their failure to work properly. Smoke detectors need new batteries at least once a year, should be tested every month and should be replaced every ten years.
No one was injured as a result of the fire and all personnel were clear by 0520. The fire was caused by careless disposal of smoking materials in a planter. The contents of the planter burned and the fire extended into the exterior wall where the planter was hanging.
Marine 1 Construction Continues Construction of the Department's brand new Fire Boat continues with the fabrication of the hull and cabin assemblies. The vessel will be called Marine 1.
Photo Courtesy of Mark Foster
5 Alarm Fire in Beverly
At 1606 on Sunday, July 04, 2010, the Beverly Fire Department was dispatched for a report of a building fire at 5 Mill St. Police were the first to arrive at the scene finding heavy fire across the front of the 50 foot wide three story tall wood framed structure fully involved in fire. Officers made entry to insure the building was evacuated. Deputy Fire Chief William Walsh was the first fire official on scene ordering a second alarm upon arrival.
As Deputy Walsh assessed the scene, the fire rapidly progressed threatening two adjacent structures and spreading to two cars and a telephone pole in front of 5 Mill St. Deputy Chief Walsh requested a third and fourth alarm within four minutes of arriving to get equipment and manpower to the scene. As additional crews arrived, firefighters knocked down heavy volumes of fire at the front of the structure. Due to the rapid fire progression, crews making an interior search were forced from the structure to fight the fire from outside.
Crews attempted several times to fight the fire from the inside, but the building had to be evacuated as a result of concerns with the roof and additional fire progression. At 1709, Deputy Chief Walsh ordered a 5th alarm bringing the total number of fire apparatus at the scene to 12 Engines and 4 Ladders. With the additional manpower, crews were finally able to gain a foothold on the fire within the confined space between the third floor ceiling and the roof.
In addition to the hot July 4 air temperatures, crews were face with the laborious task of pulling all of the ceilings in the third floor in full personal protective gear. Crews were constantly being rotated in and out of the structure as more and more hidden fire was uncovered and attacked. Building construction, dense traffic areas and overhead power lines all worked against the firefighting effort. “The firefighters really took a beating today” said Chief Paul Cotter “their hard work can’t be understated today.” Fortunately, support was received by Rehab 5 and 4 Northeast Regional Ambulances.
By the time the fire was knocked down at 1906, more than 15 people were left without a home at 5 Mill St and an additional 15 were unable to stay in their apartments at 9 Mill St for the night. One resident was transported to the hospital for non life threatening injuries, one police officer and 2 firefighters were also transported to the hospital for treatment of heat related injuries. The Red Cross and the YMCA were working with displaced families.
The 100 year old structure suffered damage on all three floors. The building is valued at $570,300 according to the latest tax assessment.
Fire Investigators from the Beverly Fire Department, Beverly Police Department and Office of the State Fire Marshal are on scene investigating the cause of the fire. They will remain on scene with several firefighters throughout the night.