On Thursday, August 3rd at 6:52pm, the third floor tenant of 66 Durfee Street made a 911 call reporting smoke extending from a window on the second floor of this three-family dwelling. Luckily, tenants were able to exit the building prior to New Bedford Firefighters arriving on the scene.
Engine 7 reported a room and contents fire in the second floor bedroom and extinguished the fire with one hose line. Engine 7 was able to successfully rescue a cat, while Ladder 4 successfully saved a dog from the second floor apartment.
The American Red Cross is assisting four adults who were displaced from this event.
According to the New Bedford Fire Department, the home was equipped with a working smoke alarm system and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the NBFD Fire Investigation Unit but is not considered malicious. No civilians or firefighters were injured.
NBFD responded to a separate incident on August 3rd
A little over an hour prior at 5:23pm, fire companies along with Command Unit 2 responded to Route 140 south between Route 195 and Kempton Street for a motor vehicle fire. The fire involved multiple lithium-ion batteries in a utility body truck and was extinguished with one hose line.
The Department’s Special Hazards trailer was transported to the scene and firefighters removed the burned batteries and placed them in metal disposal containers and overpacked them with CellBlockEX.
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