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Fitchburg, Ma- On January 25th, a four –alarm fire swept through an abandoned century-old tenement less than 1 mile from Fire Headquarters. The fire came in at 1645 hrs when Chief of Department Kevin Roy was alerted by a State Trooper at the Post Office which is located about 2 miles away from the scene. Chief Roy went outside to find a heavy thick black plume of smoke and called asking Fire Alarm if they aware of this.
At this time a full assignment was dispatched as firefighters in the apparatus just pulling out of the firehouse could see that they were going to have their hands full. Heavy fire was showing from all windows of this 3 story brick with it threatening other surrounding buildings. The area is densely populated with homes and commercial buildings.
Immediately on arrival companies were dealt with protecting exposures as well as putting water on the fire. Shortly after, a portion of the D side of the main fire building collapsed onto a 1 1/2 story occupied home. Firefighters attempted to prevent this house from catching on fire but were unsuccessful to the fire conditions. Numerous deck guns, ladder pipes and handlines were used to control the fire. The two buildings were a total loss.
Officials suspect homeless people looking for shelter from the bitter temperatures started the fire, but this is still under investigation.
Mutual aid came to the fire from Leominster, Lunenburg, Westminster, Sterling and Ayer. Med-Star Ambulance was on scene to provide any medical assistance.
Great shots Scott; I was hoping you made this after hearing Fitchburg struck a 4th.
Excellent fireground photo's
Great shots Scott...great colors and great exposure on the first few shots!
AWESOME shots Scott! This is your year for the BIG fires and cover shots!
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