Boston Working: Videos, Multiple Alarms in Eastie and Southie

Exposure problems and burning rear decks cause eight and two-alarms

Companies on the scene at time of seventh alarm. (Boston FD Twitter photo, @BostonFire)

Companies are fighting an eight-alarm fire (with two extra ladder companies) in East Boston tonight at 85 Lexington Street. The fire extended to three exposures, similar type dwellings. Fire Commissioner John Hassan reported that the fire started in the basement of 85 Lexington Street and extended to an auto in the alley and then the other structures. No major injuries were reported.

Early photo before fire broke through roof. (Boston FD Twitter photo, @BostonFire)

During the fire, a car blocking a fire hydrant was opened up to allow for a supply line.

(WCVB/Twitter photo)

Earlier in the day fire companies responded to a two-alarm fire at 52 Thomas Park. Fire in the rear had possession of the decks. One firefighter was injured during the blaze.

See more photos from each fire on @BostonFire

 Related
“8-alarm fire in East Boston” NECN
“Wind-driven East Boston 8-alarm fire knocked down” Boston Herald
“Firefighters battling 8-alarm blaze in East Boston” Boston.com
“Firefighters battling 8-alarm fire in East Boston” Boston Globe
“15 families affected by 8-alarm East Boston blaze” WCVB
“15 families displaced after 8-alarm fire in East Boston” MyFoxBoston
“Firefighters Battle 8-Alarm Blaze In East Boston” CBS Boston
“1 firefighter injured in South Boston 2-alarm blaze” NECN
“Firefighters battle 2-alarm blaze in South Boston” Boston.com

 

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Bill Carey is the online public safety news and blog manager with PennWell Public Safety, or more specifically FireRescue Magazine/FirefighterNation.com, JEMS.com, LawOfficer.com and FireEMSBlogs.com. Bill started in the fire service, as a third generation firefighter and has served as a volunteer sergeant and lieutenant at Hyattsville. Bill’s writing has been on Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine, FirefighterNation.com, the Jones and Bartlett 2010 edition of “Fire Officer: Principles and Practice”, The Secret List and Tinhelmet.com. His recent writing on firefighter behavioral health has been nominated for 2014 Neal Award for Best Subject-Related Series.

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Dave LeBlanc
Who Looks After The Victims?
Dave - I think the reason there is a debate is because the message is so contorted. From those that have chosen to manipulate the information to suit their position, the the ISFSI own website saying different things about what the tactics truly are. I agree 100% with giving everyone the information and letting them…
2014-11-20 22:06:56
Dave Skidmore
Who Looks After The Victims?
I'm glad you identified the "one issue no one is discussing, the lack of manpower on scene". My department runs a single apparatus, staffed with a minimum of 4 guys sometimes 5, with our second due being either our paid call or mutual aid - either option realistically being 10 plus minutes behind the first…
2014-11-19 22:01:40
Heath Smith
Who Looks After The Victims?
Great article Dave. I agree with your comment that "they became traditions because they work." And yes if you change the focus from life safety to your own safety how about holding a town meeting and letting those you swore to protect know whats going on, I am sure they will see your point!
2014-11-19 19:28:21
Ron Ayotte
Who Looks After The Victims?
Excellence as usual, Dave.
2014-11-19 03:39:35
Ron Ayotte
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David... excellent series.
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