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Companies were withdrawn and additional alarms were struck.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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Jeff chandler
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Very good explanation! I have been known to have the same rant.
2015-01-17 03:58:59
Anthony Correia
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Dave i agree with your whole post. However the one thing I'm not experiencing or seeing is the over safetyifcation. While i hear words spoke about being safe when possible, but not sacrificing service for safety. If anything, i see firefighters more aggressive than when i started many years back due to the increased protection…
2015-01-14 14:37:28
Jon Newton
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Well done. You make some awesome points. In regards to the "numbers".....(and kind of backing up your thought of changing tactics), we have often wondered why there is so much emphasis on RIT and the RIT/Industrial complex. I'm on Chicago and have worked in the Chicago Suburbs for almost 20 years. We've seen the advent…
2015-01-14 04:15:23
Marshall Sampietro
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spot on....
2015-01-02 14:43:50
Ron Ayotte
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“Over safetyification”... Dave, that is the best description of what those who want to prevent us from doing the job want to do to the job.
2014-12-31 16:29:29
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