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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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.
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