At 1640, the Beverly Fire Department responded to 3 Doloff Ave for a reported fire alarm activation. Truck 1 arrived first to find the alarms sounding but no visual evidence of a problem. Within moments, thick smoke began to pour from the exterior walls and heavy fire could be seen from the windows looking into the church.
Crews from Engine 5, Truck 2 and Engine 1 immediately began advancing lines into the building in an effort to keep the fire from advancing beyond the main room of the church. Engine 3 arrived and cut a hole in the roof to get the trapped heat and smoke out so that firefighters could work inside the church. Assisted by crews from Salem, Danvers, and Manchester, the firefighters were able to keep the heavy fire damage isolated but smoke did spread throughout the front of the church as well.
There was no one in the church at the time the fire broke out and no one was injured as a result of the fire. Fire investigators from Beverly Fire and Police Departments as well as the Office of the State Fire Marshall, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms remain on scene to determine what caused the blaze.
Significant damage was done to the interior of the building. An estimate of the cost of that damage is not currently available.
Rehab 5, Beverly Emergency Management, and Northeast Regional Ambulance also assisted at the fire scene.
January 3, 2012
Open Burning Information
Open Burning in Massachusetts is regulated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and enforced by the local Fire Department.Open burning season runs from Jan 15 – May 1.
A valid permit obtained from the Beverly Fire Department is required.
The Fire Chief reserves the rights to deny open burning on any day due to location, weather or environmental conditions.
The Beverly Fire Department will begin issuing open burning permit on Monday: January 9th.
The fee for an open burning permit is $10.00for the burning season.
How to obtain an Open Burning Permit
Stop by the Central Fire Station, 15 Hale Street, between the hours of 7am to 5pm, Monday thru Thursday and Fridays between 8am- 12pm. You will be issued an Open Burning Facts Sheet and a numbered permit upon receipt of the $10 fee.
(Make checks/money orders payable to the City of Beverly).
No Cash will be accepted.
(A fee of $25.00 will be charged for any returned check)
Daily Activation of Your Permit
Each day you wish to burn, you must activate your permit by calling the Central Fire Station dispatch at 978-922-2424 between the hours of 9:30am and 1pm the day you wish to burn.
** Please have your permit number available when you call**
Marine 1 Response
At approximately 7:50pm Beverly Fire Department got a report that someone had jumped from the Memorial bridge and was in the water.
Crews from group 2 responded to the Harbor Center and immediately activated Marine 1 to assist other agencies on scene with their search for the victim.
The victim was quickly recovered by the Salem Harbormaster, removed from the water and transported, conscious and alert, to an awaiting Northeast Regional ambulance with the assistance of Beverly firefighters.
Beverly Harbormasters, Beverly Police, Salem Firefighters and Salem Police were also operating at the scene.
The commuter rail was temporarily suspended from service during the incident.
All unit were cleared from the scene at approximately 8:45pm
Information provided by Beverly Fire Department Public Information Officer Chad McCormack
At 2034, Beverly Firefighters were dispatched to a report of a building fire on Trask Ln. Within seconds, multiple calls were received reporting a building fire at 10 Folly Pond Rd. Engines 5 and 3 were dispatched with Truck 1, Car 2, and Car 4.
Engine 5 was the first to arrive finding heavy fire conditions at the rear of 10 Folly Pond Rd extending from the first floor to the roof and completely engulfing three rear apartments. A second alarm was struck and the crew immediately stretched a line and began to knock down exterior fire. Truck 1 and Danvers Engine 3 arrived shortly after Engine 5 and conducted a sweep of the apartments and made an attempt to fight the fire from the interior of the building but fire and structural conditions prevented firefighters from advancing.
After a brief exterior fire attack, crews reentered the building with the help of Salem and Manchester. As firefighters were getting the upper hand, conditions rapidly began to deteriorate and the crews were forced to exit the structure. And a third alarm was struck.
The stubborn fire was battled from the outside for hours before fire crews could once again get back into the building and dig out fires hidden behind walls and ceilings. Crews were challenged by poor structural conditions and deep hidden fire inside the building and freezing temperatures outside.
By 0200, the fire was declared out and crews began clearing the scene. Fire fighters from Beverly, Salem, Danvers, Peabody, Manchester, Wenham, Hamilton and Topsfield worked at the scene, while additional firefighters from Marblehead, Lynnfield and Middleton covered stations. Rehab 5, Northeast Ambulance and Beverly Police also worked at the scene.
The fire is currently under investigation by members of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Beverly Police and Fire Department Investigators. No cause has been determined but the fire destroyed the twelve units in 10 Folly Pond Rd and forced the evacuation of 5 Folly Pond Rd. Neither building is habitable this evening.
Beverly Firefighters will remain on scene overnight looking for hot spots.
There were no injuries, but several pets perished in the fire.