Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Billerica and Tewksbury firefighters team to battle blaze.
A small, single-home at 5 Coolidge Road sustained significant damage as the result of a two-alarm fire early Tuesday morning. According to Fire Chief Mike Hazel, Billerica and Tewksbury firefighters responded to a report of a house fire around 1:30 a.m. The resident, who was asleep on the first floor at the time, was awoken by noises coming from the basement. With smoke beginning to fill the first floor, he immediately left the house. His cell phone was still inside, so he sought help from neighbors to call 911. After two unsuccessful attempts to rouse neighbors, he was able to get help at a neighbor's home that was just over the town line in Billerica. As a result, the 911 call went to Billerica, bringing the BFD to the scene first. …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Two-alarm blaze did significant damage to basement of Shawsheen Street home.
If there was an upside to Hurricane Sandy locally, it was the need to staff additional public safety personnel in anticipation of the storm's arrival. According to Fire Chief Michael Hazel, that extra staffing made it easier for firefighters to quickly knock down a fire that damaged a home at Shawsheen Street on Monday. "We had all three stations open. The call came in at 12:11 p.m. and the first (responding units) were there by 12:15," said Hazel. According to town records, the two-story, single-family home, located at the corner of Ronald Drive, is owned by Dale and Patricia Lobsien. The fire was first noticed and reported by the Lobsien's daughter, who lives in the house next door. Hazel said an initial investigation indicated it was …
Monday, October 29, 2012
As Hurricane Sandy approached New England, Tewksbury firefighters were hit with a new challenge -- a two-alarm house fire.
With Hurricane Sandy and her wind gusts of 50 MPH about to hit town, Tewksbury Firefighters found themselves taking on another challenge Tuesday afternoon -- a two-alarm house fire. The electrical fire broke out around 12:30 p.m. at 240 Shawsheen St. It appears the fire may have started in the basement of the building. Firefighters were able to get the fire under control and knock it down fairly quickly. No injuries were reported. According to town records, the two-story, single-family home, located at the corner of Ronald Drive, is owned by Dale and Patricia Lobsien. Damage estimates were not immediately available but the home is assessed at $312,900.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Details on preparation and resident advisories expected to be released this afternoon.
Tewksbury Town officials are meeting at this hour at the Tewksbury Police Headquarters to make preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. The storm is making its way up the east coast and is expected to make landfall somewhere between Delaware and Rhode Island sometime late Sunday or early Monday. As the impact of the storm hits the Merrimack Valley, winds are expected to be gusting at 40-60 MPH, along with as much as five inches of rain. Flooding and power outages are highly possible. Because of its proximity to Halloween, Hurricane Sandy has been dubbed "Frankenstorm." It has stirred not-so-fond memories of the "Snowtober" Blizzard of 2011 that buried the Merrimack Valley under nearly two feet of snow on Halloween weekend and …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Photos from the annual Tewksbury Fire Department Open House last weekend.
On Sunday, Oct. 14 the Tewksbury Fire Department through its S.A.F.E Program hosted its annual Open House in support of National Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week takes place each year during the second week in October and commemorates the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Fire prevention and safety is something that we in the fire department practice and promote throughout the year. This week gives us another tool to share our prevention and safety message with the public. This year’s Open House featured demonstrations and activities on hands only CPR, the Jaws of Life, home emergency preparedness, search and rescue, blood pressure screenings, a coloring contest, fire safety, fire hose target practice, a ladder climb, and free pizza. …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Earthquake was centered approximately 30 miles west of Portland, Maine.
UPDATED 8:52 p.m. (Editor's note: The USGS originally measured the earthquake as a 4.6 magnitude. As of 8:30 p.m. it was downgraded to 4.0 magnitude. The article has been updated accordingly.) An earthquake centered in Maine was felt throughout the Merrimack Valley Tuesday evening. The US Geological Survey reports the earthquake was measured at a 4.0 magnitude with an epicenter west of Hollis Center, Maine. The quake struck at 7:12 p.m. The depth of the quake was approximately 3.1 miles. Police Chief Timothy Sheehan said a Code Red announcement will be made shortly. He also asked that 911 be reserved for true emergency situations and that the department business line 978-640-4381, be used for regular inquiries. The quake struck as a Board …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Check out these fire safety tips for kids and families!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
October 7-13, 2012, is National Fire Prevention Week. National Fire Prevention Week is an annual public awareness campaign to promote fire safety throughout the U.S. This year’s theme is “Have 2 Ways Out!” which focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice. Created and sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the goal of National Fire Prevention Week is to educate families on what causes home fires, how to prevent them, and what to do in an emergency situation. NFPA has been the official sponsor of this campaign since 1922, making it the longest running public health and safety observance on record. “National Fire Prevention Week is critical in educating the public about the dangers of fire and how …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
No one was injured.
According to the Fire Department, a tree fell onto 18 Charlotte Road Sunday. No one was injured. At 5:23 p.m., a caller reported that an oak tree had fallen onto a house on Charlotte Road. The oak tree had a fork in it, according to the Fire Department, and one half of the fork gave way and fell onto the house. The tree caused damage to the roof and back side of the home. The damage was mostly cosmetic, according to the Fire Department. The residents were not injured.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Antique cars, family heirlooms destroyed in blaze.
A two-alarm destroyed a 19th century barn at 1005 Livingston St. on Wednesday, taking with it two antique cars and nearly a century of family history. The fire broke out just after 2 p.m. and Tewksbury firefighters arrived just in the nick of time to save an adjacent duplex. "When we got here the barn was fully involved and the heat had startd to melt the siding on the house," said Fire Chief Mike Hazel. Firefighters were able to get water on the side of the house quickly and limit the damage. "That's a great save. That's a quick jump to a building lost right there." Both the barn and the duplex are owned by developer Arnie Martel, Jr., who lives in a second duplex across the Street. According to his wife, Sandy, it was Martel who first …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Thirty-eight Tewksbury firefighters travelled to New York City in the aftermath of the attacks to help in the recovery efforts.
It wasn't about glory. It wasn't about being a part of history. When 38 Tewksbury firefighters travelled to New York City in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, they went with one motivation. As Firefighter Dale Lawrie explained, there was a job to do and they went there to work. Ten years later, the memories are clear and the impact is lasting.