A little after 0900 on September 22, 2012 Truck 2 was dispatched for a report of smoke in the house and a possible furnace problem at 38 Bisson St. Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming from the eves of the house and requested a full box alarm including Car 2 and crews from E-3 and E-5 to respond to the scene.
The heavy smoke condition inside the home drove the home owner out onto a 2nd floor balcony. While there, a ladder was positioned by Deputy Chief Michael Acciavatti and Firefighter Michael Zarbano who assisted the resident down to the ground. The resident was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.
Crews searched the structure for the source and found material burning around the furnace with smoke being drawn into the duct work and forced into the home through the heat registers. The crews removed the smoldering debris and ventilated the home.
All apparatus were released from the scene by 1030 and Lt Eric Fowler from the Fire Investigation Unit responded to investigate the cause of the malfunction.
Crews from Danvers, Salem and Manchester covered the Beverly stations while the incident was taking place.
PIO Chad McCormack
At 1700 on September 6 the Beverly Fire Department was dispatched to a car in the water behind the Beverly Bowl-o-Mat on Margin St. When crews from T-1, Car 4, Car 2 and Engine 1 arrived on scene, they found that a vehicle was completely submerged in the water at the end of the public boat ramp with no occupants inside. Members from the Department’s Dive Team suited up and got in the water to hook up the cables so a tow truck could remove it from the water. The vehicle was in about 10' of murky water with a strong current at the end of the boat ramp. The vehicle was removed from the river with any problems. The driver of the vehicle was not in the vehicle and did not sustain any injuries. All crews were cleared from the scene by 1830.
2 Alarm Fire on Edwards St
Beverly Firefighters were dispatched to 6 Edwards St in the early morning hours of September 7, 2012 for a report of a fire in a third floor apartment. As he approached, Deputy Chief Michael Acciavatti observed smoke in the area and arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the roof. Deputy Acciavatti ordered the first arriving apparatus to the rear of the building and requested a second alarm.
Deputy Acciavatti, Firefighter Scott Steeves and Firefighter AJ Petronzio forced the front door to the building and began an interior search to ensure all occupants were out. Acciavatti found two people sleeping in a first floor apartment while Steeves and Petronzio found that the upstairs tenants had all evacuated on their own.
The crew of T1, Captain Chris Halloran, Firefighter David Genest stretched a line up an exterior stairwell to the third floor where they encountered heavy fire conditions blowing out a rear window. The two were able to fight their way into the apartment to find the main body of fire in a bedroom. Additional Beverly firefighters assisted by crews from Salem, Danvers and Manchester by the Sea, worked to cut a hole in the roof and overhaul the areas where the main body of fire was located.
Given the fast, aggressive actions of the crew on Truck 1, the heavy fire damage was confined to the third floor rear apartment. Additional water damage was incurred on the lower floors. Due to damage to electrical wiring, the electricity to the entire building was shut off until repairs could be made. Occupants from all four apartments were displaced by the fire.
Fire Investigator Deputy Chief William Walsh was assigned to determine the cause of the fire. It appears to be accidental in nature.