On 7/2/2020, Boston Fire Department Tower Ladder 10 was dispatched for a confirmed structure fire in District 9. While responding on South Huntington Avenue, it was involved in an accident with an SUV, puncturing the right front tire, tearing off an outrigger, and causing additional cosmetic damage to the apparatus. Multiple BFD command staff and mechanics, along with Boston EMS and Boston Police, responded to the scene and assisted five members of Tower Ladder 10 as well as the occupants of the SUV. All members of the company were transported as a precaution. The cause is under investigation.
On 7/1/2020, Boston Fire Alarm struck a box for a reported car fire in an underground parking garage downtown. Engine 10 arrived and upon investigation found a car on fire three levels down. Due to the location of the fire, a second alarm was struck to bring additional manpower to the scene. Eventually two additional trucks were requested for smoke ejectors and generators.
On 3/5/2020, Boston Fire Alarm dispatched companies to a reported fire on Stonehurst Street in the Dorchester neighborhood. First-due companies had heavy fire on the second and third floors, and a second alarm was called about five minutes later. A third alarm was eventually struck. At one point a mayday was declared for a missing member but he was quickly found and self-extricated from the building.
On 3/8/2020, Boston Fire Alarm struck a box for a reported fire on Bloomington Street in Dorchester. Engine 20 arrived with smoke showing and found a fire in the basement. An extra truck company was requested to the scene and firefighters had the fire out in about 20 minutes. Traffic on Morrissey Boulevard was diverted as companies ran a supply line across the street.
On 2/5/2020, Boston Fire Alarm dispatched companies to a reported fire on East Seventh Street in the South Boston neighborhood of the city. While companies were responding multiple calls came in reporting the fire, and Engine 2 and Ladder 19 called off with heavy smoke and fire showing from a building under construction. Within 10 minutes a second and third alarm were struck, with a fourth alarm sounded not long after. Companies dealt with heavy fire on all floors and battled exposure problems. Multiple aerial master streams were utilized to knock down heavy fire before transitioning to an interior attack. The fire was under control in about an hour and a half, and a detail crew stayed overnight. More photos can be found here: Sean Fesko/911 ERV
On January 26, 2020, Boston Fire was dispatched to a reported fire on Seaver Street. Companies had heavy fire on arrival and a report of one occupant still in the building that was rescued shortly after arrival. Crews fought the fire offensively, keeping it to a first-alarm assignment and knocking the heavy fire down within 15 minutes. While checking for extension a cat was rescued from the building. It appeared to be okay. More photos can be found here: Sean Fesko/911 ERV
On 3/15/2019, Boston Fire Alarm struck a box for a reported fire on the roof of a large building at the northeast side of the city. Companies initially had fire in an HVAC-type unit but quickly discovered the fire had spread along the roof line and above the sprinkler system. A trench cut was attempted to stop the spread but was unsuccessful.
Due to the size of the building, which was home to the New England Casket Company, accessibility problems, and water supply issues, a second and third alarm were struck within 30 minutes. Companies fought defensively and on air due to the various solvents housed in the building.
As the fire progressed, BFD Commissioner Joe Finn assumed command and struck additional alarms and special calls, including the city’s second tower ladder to respond out of district. As conditions worsened and smoke spread throughout the area, the decision was made to shut down the MBTA Blue Line, which ran near the fire building, and utilize the reverse-911 system to evacuate the Orient Heights neighborhood.
Companies initiated foam operations and dealt with a significant ember problem; additional engine companies were assigned to the neighborhood to minimize exposure damage. In all, nine alarms were struck with multiple special calls. By 11pm some units were released, but the department remained on scene throughout the night chasing hot spots. The building was a total loss.