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Companies were withdrawn and additional alarms were struck.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 marketís 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 DeLucaís 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
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