Wicked Hot

High heat and humidity contributed to today’s fourth alarm in Boston. Today’s worker was for a landmark restaurant in Beacon Hill (District 3). Ladder 24 was first arriving on the box and reported smoke showing from the basement.

Companies were withdrawn and additional alarms were struck. Police assistance was requested for a vehicle blocking access to the rear.

Box 1376 – 11 Charles Street
Box: E.4, 7 33 – L.24, 15, TL.17 – R.1 – Car 3
RIT, Rehab: E.3 – L.1 – W.25 – Car 4 (RIT)
2nd: E.10, 8, 22 – TL.3
SU, W.12 – H.1 – C6a – Car 6a(2nd) – Car 1a(ACT) – Car 7(NET) – A.65
Special (RIT): E.21 – L.26
3rd: E.50, 42 – L.18
4th: E.39
Detail: E.52, 56 – L.14, 16
Detail: E.5 (Class A Foam)
Detail: E.24 – L.28
Courtesy A.65

“The fire, which erupted in the market’s basement, was reported at 10:37 a.m., said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. Firefighters were forced to battle the blaze from outside because of loaded food boxes taking up space in the basement.”
Fire rips landmark DeLuca’s Market Boston Herald

Stock had made it difficult for companies to make their way into the basement, from both the front and rear. Fire extended through the common basement into 9 and 7 Charles Street. “”It’s very difficult to get at the fire because there’s only one set of narrow stairs that goes down to the basement, and the basement is loaded with produce and stock for the store,” McDonald said. He said due to the stacks of boxes, the water simply bounced off, and as a result, there is now five feet of water in the basement. “On the front and the rear [of the store], they are literally on their hands and knees putting the hoses into the basement from some holes they cut,” McDonald said.”
“Fire Damages ‘Boston’s Oldest Grocery Store’”, WBZ

Firefighters had to contend with obstacles underfoot that had fallen from the produce bin at the store. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)

This makes for the fourth multiple alarm fire in July, with most of the alarms struck to fill the RIT assignment and manage companies during the hot weather.
Fire damages landmark Beacon Hill store
Firefighters Battle Historic Market Blaze
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Ron Ayotte
“FEAR” by Ric Jorge
Ric, excellent article. Your FD is not the only one that suffers from TAS (Training Anxiety Syndrome). Same circus, different community. As far as seeking help from an EAP, I did take advantage of my community's EAP 8 years into my career. I was heading down the road to a separation/divorce after I got promoted…
2014-12-04 16:04:47
Mike McAdams
Who Looks After The Victims?
Captain LeBlanc, Great point in the blog debating the new and old techniques and how to blend them into that first minutes on the fire ground. One of the first points stated was “Unless they know your manpower, resources and abilities, and are standing in that front lawn at 2:00 a.m., all they can do…
2014-12-02 14:45:23
Ruel Douvillier
Who Looks After The Victims?
I suspect these new tactics are all related to the NFPA standard that came out a few years ago recommending higher manpower on apparatus than the authorities having jurisdiction were prepared to implement. For the 30+ years that I've been fighting fires, UL and NIST have been using the data that they gained by setting…
2014-12-02 11:48:44
Joseph carroll
Who Looks After The Victims?
I work in a dept with 2 man Engine cos, man powers is an issue with our first due assignment. (3 engs,2 Trks , Batt Chief). Usually 13 Firefighters on the assignment. At times the exterior attack has no option, heavy fire too include exposures etc. some new leaders feel that this exterior attack is…
2014-12-01 19:05:51
Brian
Who Looks After The Victims?
Am I missing the old SSLEEVES-OCD pneumonic??? seems that one. It addressed alot of the things we have to think of, and the new Slicers is something that I think in right circumstances and construction would make sense, but at other times might be completely useless. I have watched and read alot of the NIST…
2014-12-01 02:10:06
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