Capsized kayakers refuse treatment after rescue from woods

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Call for help late Tuesday near French River Bridge OXFORD — A pair of kayakers are uninjured after a New Year’s Day excursion on the French River turned into a call for help. At 4:43 p.m. on Tuesday, local first responders were dispatched to the French River Bridge in the […]

Southbridge Fire Department Addresses Cancer Risk, Fundraises for Prevention

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📷 The Southbridge Fire Department responds to new documentation of cancer risk for firefighters. Photo by Helen Boyle Valentino By Sarah Champagne, Managing Editor SOUTHBRIDGE – Firefighting is a dangerous profession, there is no doubt. The risks and sacrifice that firefighters take on to keep a community safe are well-known and […]

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 […]