Crews work to uncover hidden fire in a dumpster at 21 Riverview St
Firefighters from Engine’s 1 and 5 battled a fire that was raging in a 30 yard dumpster in the driveway of 21 Riverview St. Engine 1 was initially dispatched to the fire but Captain James Maggiacomo saw a significant plume of smoke and flames in proximity to the residence and requested additional resources.
The fire burned so intensely that the power and phone lines that stretched from a pole across the street to the house were burned through dropping live power lines to the ground. Once the water from the fire suppression effort reached the down power line, a loud bang resulted from the lines shorting out. Trees next to the dumpster were also burning. The house, which was roughly 15 feet behind the dumpster, was protected from the flames by hose lines working on the fire and there was no extension to the home.
Crews from Engine 1 and 5 worked for approximately an hour to completely extinguish the flames that were deep seated into the dumpster contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The damage was confined to the dumpster and the power lines.
National Grid responded to the scene to secure the power and ensure electrical safety.
The dumpster was full of construction debris and household materials.
Two vehicles were involved in an accident at Cbaot and Conant Streest.
One person was transported to an area hospital for injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Cabot and Conant Streets.
The accident occurred when two vehicles collided leaving one with heavy front end damage and a second on its roof. Both operators were able to exit their vehicles but the driver of the car with the front end damage was taken to the hospital. The driver of the pickup truck that was found on its roof did not complain of any injuries and refuse medical treatment.
Engine 5 remained on scene for approximately 45 minutes while the vehicles were removed.
Defribrillator donation at the River House. From Left to Right: Chief Richard Pierce, Mayor William Scanlon, John Archer, Brian Capanegro, Scott Steeves
The Beverly Fire Department is proud to announce the placement of another defibrillator in the City of Beverly. Through a donation by North East Regional Ambulance service, an Automated Defibrillator was placed in service at the River House. Mayor William Scanlon, Fire Chief Richard Pierce, Beverly Fire Emergency Medical Services Coordinator Scott Steeves, Scott Moore and Brian Capanegro of North East Regional Ambulance, and John Archer of the River House Shelter were on hand for the donation.
“We have roughly 25 residents on hand and 5 single room occupancies” said John Archer. “We are able to provide a meal every night with the help of donations and volunteers” he continued.
The building itself is steeped in history. It was a fire house in the 1700’s century housing a hose wagon that could be brought by firefighters to the scene of a fire. In the 1900’s century it was home to a local union hall for workers at United Shoe Machinery Corp. In the late 1990’s the building was moved from Rantoul St. to its present location at 56 River St.
The addition of the defibrillator provides a means for early defibrillation in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest. Early defibrillation is key to a victim’s survival.
The Beverly Fire Department will provide defibrillator training to workers and volunteers at the River House.
Several victims transported to the hospital after two car accident
Second Accident closes Rt 128 North
The Beverly Fire Department responded for a two vehicle accident that shut down Route 128 North after Exit 18 shortly after another accident in Wenham closed the same stretch of roadway.North East Regional Ambulance Crews were first on scene at the accident and called for help removing several patients in the vehicles. The crew of Engine 5 assisted the EMT’s with removal of several victims with varying degrees of injuries. All of them were transported to the hospital for further assessment and care.State and Beverly Police worked to shut down the highway while crews worked at the scene which covered both lanes of North bound traffic.
Patches on the prowl
The Beverly FireDepartment has a new tool in its public educationarsenal. Thanks to a federal grant, the department was able to unveil “Patches” at a health fair on May 9.
Patches is a remote control dog complete with his own fire truck. His happydemeanor is perfect for spreading the word about fire safety to kids in the elementary and pre-school levels. In addition to Patches, the money awarded alsopurchased a “Hazard House” model for teaching older kids and adultshazards associated with the average household. It uses interactive displays and a cutaway of a typical home to show the hidden dangers that might cause fires or other harmful occurrences. The Hazard House is scheduled to arrive by July or August and will be on display at the Annual Open House as well as otherpublic education events. All of the equipmentpurchased through the grant program is intended to improve the delivery of fire education topics.
Two car MVA resulted in serious injuries closing down part of Essex St
An off duty Deputy Chief with the Beverly Fire Department was working in his garage when he heard metal collide in front of his house. After calling the fire station to report the accident, Deputy Chief Michael Acciavatti ran over to the accident to check out the occupants of the vehicle.Within minutes, Beverly Firefighters, Police and two Northeast Regional ambulances descended upon the scene. The two vehicles were on the same side of the road with significant frontal impact on both vehicles. The two occupants of one car were standing on the side of the road refusing medical treatment while the occupants of the other vehicle didn’t fair as well. One of the occupants of the second vehicle was lying on the road next to her car door and the other was still in the driver’s seat.While one crew from Northeast Regional Ambulance and three Beverly Firefighters treated the victim on the ground, another crew from Northeast, worked with police and firefighters to remove the injured woman from her car. After approximately five minutes, both women were in the back of ambulances on the way to Beverly Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.The portion of Essex St between Meadow Rd and Yankee way were closed during the accident timeframe.Engine 1 remained on scene with Beverly Police until the scene for approximately forty-five minutes until both vehicles were removed.
Firefighters train with a hand line
Firefighters train with the aerial waterway
Firefighters Training Beverly Firefighters were on the scene at Lynch Park May 6 and 7 conducting training with the ladder pipe on Ladder 1 and hose line operation.