As Merrimack Valley Recovers, Investigation Begins Into Fires, Explosions

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By Colin A. Young COURTESY STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, SEPT. 14, 2018….Public safety officials in the Merrimack Valley are getting a clearer view Friday morning of the destruction from Thursday’s fatal gas-related explosions and fires and though an over-pressurized gas distribution system is thought to be at […]

Two-alarm fire overnight at large garage in Leicester

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📷 Leicester Fire Department photos from Sunday night’s fire on Rawson Street. Lack of hydrants necessitate tankers for “heavy fire” LEICESTER — A large garage with multiple motor vehicles was engulfed in two-alarm fire late Sunday night. Firefighters received word the 30-by-50 metal-clad garage at 322 Rawson Street shortly before 11:30 […]

“Significant” damage to 1820 home as a result of three-alarm fire

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No injuries reported, dogs rescued in overnight fire CHARLTON — Three residents were taken to the hospital for smoke exposure and two family dogs were rescued as crews responded to a three-alarm fire just after midnight on Saturday. The Charlton Fire Department was initially dispatched to a reported structure fire […]

Four recognized for efforts in response to West Street fire

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Applauded for “extraordinary actions” to save live By Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writer Shaun@TheCitizenChronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — A quartet of Center of Hope executives were recognized by the town for heroic actions as a fire raged on West Street last month. Southbridge Fire Chief Mark DiFronzo presented Monique Chapdelaine, Cindy Howard, […]

Fortunate timing helps save lives in Southbridge blaze

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Center of Hope staffers aid woman, children at West Street fire By Citizen Chronicle writers editor@TheCitizenChronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — A serendipitous decision may have saved lives Thursday afternoon in the three-alarm fire on West Street. A trio of executives from the Center of Hope were making an impromptu visit to their […]