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New Bedford Firefighters battle structure fires, multiple emergencies in a 4-hour window


“Thursday night, crews were busy battling two structure fires in between many other emergency incidents.

At 1930 hours 911 calls were received for a house fire at 471 Sawyer St. Engine 7 arrived and reported smoke showing from a single family, one story home. They stretched a hose line into the residence and located the fire in the kitchen.

While they proceeded to extinguish the fire Engine 8 stretched a back up line and Ladder 4 conducted search operations. Engine 1, Ladder 1, Command Units 1 and 2, NBPD and NBEMS were also on scene assisting in the operations. The occupants were not home at the time of the incident but arrived moments before the fire department and attempted to extinguish the fire with the help of two neighbors. hose two individuals were transported to St. Luke’s hospital by NB EMS, for smoke inhalation and one dog perished in the fire. The home was protected by working smoke alarms.

Later at 2305 hours U1,U2,Engines 6, 7, 8 and Ladder 3 responded to reports of a fire at the Family Dollar, 689 Kempton St. The crew of Engine 7 forced entry into the structure and encountered a heavy smoke condition. A line was advanced inside the structure and the fire was quickly located and extinguished. The buildings working fire alarm system alerted neighbors and prompted calls to the FD. NBPD, NB EMS and NB Health Department assisted with the incident. Both fires are under investigation with New Bedford Fire Investigators.”-New Bedford Fire Department.

About Michael Silvia

Served 20 years in the United States Air Force. Owner of New Bedford Guide.

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