02-22-2011 Fall River, Massachusetts - blackstonevalley

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Fall River, Massachusetts

Woman Killed In Fall River Fire

At 8:36 on a cold Tuesday evening Fall River Fire Alarm dispatched companies to 150 Baker Street for a "Still Alarm." While en route car three was notified of numerous calls reporting the fire and possible people trapped on a upper floor fire escape and a additional engine was added to the response. Engine four arrived shortly thereafter and reported a fully involved structure fire and began fire suppression efforts, Car three arrived and reported a heavily involved three story wood frame and transmitted a second alarm. A heavy fire condition vented from sides one & four on the first floor and firefighters setup for a defensive operation. Fire extended to all floors and thru the roof forcing members to gain control with exterior lines setup on all sides, ladder two's pipe also flowed from side one. Firefighters began to make progress about two hours into the incident leaving an extensive overhaul operation that went into early Wednesday morning. Several residents suffered minor injuries jumping from the upper floor, additionally during overhaul a second floor resident was found deceased feet from the first floor entry way. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation however doesn't appear to be suspicious in nature. The building was completely destroyed and will be raised by a local wrecking company.

Late on Thursday night crews were once again dispatched to a reported fire this time at 120 Diman Street, Engine three arrived with the top floor of a large three story tenement fully involved. The fire was controlled with an exterior operation in about an hour leaving the building a total loss.

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