Truck 1 shortly after arrival at a full involved house on Folger Ave (7/13) Courtesy Robert Bergeron
On July at approximately 930 pm the Beverly Fire Department received a call from 29 Folger Ave reporting a house fire across the street. On arrival Deputy Chief William Walsh assumed command and struck a second alarm after finding two unoccupied homes 36 and 38 Folger Ave well involved with fire, and threatening other homes to the sides and across the street with radiant heat and flying embers. Beverly's first arriving companies Truck-1 and Engine-5 immediately began wetting down the neighboring homes and evacuating residents from all occupied homes in the cul de sac. Their quick actions stopped the spread of fire to several other homes. Shortly after a third alarm was struck bringing more mutual aid apparatus to the scene. The fire was brought under control before midnight. The initial homes involved were a total loss with significant damage to an attached garage of a third. 5 more homes suffered some damage from radiant heat.
In addition to the several homes in the immediate area, several pieces of property including homes and cars suffered damage from flying embers that were carried blocks away by the gusting winds. During the fire, an Engine company was assigned to "brand patrol" to ensure that the flying embers did not cause fire extension remote of the initial fire location.
As a result of the initial stages of the investigation into the fire, it has been determined that the fire was intentionally set. The investigation will remain open and anyone with any information is requested to contact the Beverly Fire Department, Beverly Police Department or the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Captain Kevin Smith was nearly a half mile from the finish line of the Boston Marathon last year when two bombs ripped through an otherwaise ordinary Marathon Monday. It was his first Boston Marathon and his wife and family were waiting at the finish line. Fortunately, all escaped the bombings uninjured.
This April, Kevin will be running the Boston Marathon again. He is running on behalf of Joey's Team and the Lurie Center for Autism. We wish Kevin the best of luck in his run and thank him for his hard work and dedication.