Sunday, May 5, 2013
Salem fire officials have confirmed that one person died in a fire early Sunday morning on Beacon Street.
Firefighters from several North Shore communities battled a fatal fire that broke out in a multi-family home on Beacon Street early Sunday morning. At 3:32 a.m., firefighters from Salem, Swampscott, Lynn and Nahant responded to a reported two-alarm structure fire at 5 Beacon St. Salem Fire Chief David Cody said the blaze was confined to the second story of the brown, two-story house. The death was confirmed by fire officials shortly after 9 a.m. The identity of the victim has not yet been released. Investigators from the state Fire Marshal's Office were seen entering and exiting the house. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. A first floor tenant told an American Red Cross representative on scene that he awoke to the …
Monday, April 29, 2013
A man has injuries to his face, hands and legs, according to his brother and other witnesses.
A landscaping trailer caught fire Monday morning, causing what neighbors describe as an "explosion" and injuring one of the men taking machinery out of the trailer. Several neighbors say they heard an explosion and saw fire come from beneath an M. Carpenter Landscaping trailer. They also described a man being taken away for treatment of wounds to his face, hands and legs. The neighbors did not want their names used. The man's brother, Domingo Pérez, told Patch that his brother had started up a piece of machinery when it caught fire. He confirmed the nature of his brother's wounds. Domingo Pérez himself said he was not injured, except for some hairs on the back of his head being scorched. Salem Firefighters quickly doused the trailer, but …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Local firefighters extinguished a brush fire near the entrance to the Salem Willows Thursday.
Salem firefighters extinguished a brush fire that broke out near Salem Willows Park Thursday afternoon. The fire burned along a walking trail in the woods, making it a challenge to get water to the scene. The National Weather Service had warned of the potential for fires in the Salem area today, given the dryness and low humidity. We'll have more on this developing story. For breaking Salem news as it happens, sign up for Salem Patch email alerts.
Monday, February 25, 2013
A fire on the third floor of the Salem Housing Authority building forced firefighters to order a partial evacuation late Sunday night.
Salem Firefighters battled a fire at the Charter Street high-rise that houses the Salem Housing Authority late Sunday night. At about 10:30 p.m., local firefighters responded to a reported fire inside unit 301, located on the third floor of the 12-story building. All of the building's third-floor residents were temporarily evacuated and the fire caused "heavy smoke and a lot of heat," a fire official said Sunday night. Thankfully, the building's sprinkler system worked when triggered, firefighters said on scene. It was clear from the amount of water pouring down through the ceiling in the lobby that the fire caused extensive water damage and firefighters noted that both elevators had to be shut down. The elderly resident who lived in the …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Fire Chief said this particularly dry spring has increased the risk of fire.
- POLICE & FIRE
Friday, April 27, 2012
The following is a message courtesy of the Salem Fire Department. "The Fire Chief would like to remind all Salem residents that this is a particularly dry spring and for the safety of everyone there is no open burning allowed within the City. This includes open campfires, chimmeneas, the burning of leaves and brush and any other type of open flame that could cause the spread of fire."
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Cheryl Wheaton allegedly started three fires in her Derry apartment in 2011.
A Salem woman has been indicted on three felony arson charges in Derry, N.H., according to WMUR New Hampshire. Cheryl Wheaton, 56, who used to live in the New Hampshire town, allegedly set fires at her former apartment building on three occasions in 2011, according to the Eagle-Tribune. Wheaton turned herself in in November, according to the paper. Her case is scheduled to go to trial.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Peabody, Lynn and Marblehead personnel also responded to the scene.
The Salem Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire that broke out in a rear porch of 33 Northey St. just after 2:30 p.m. Thursday. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire, Salem Police said. Scanner reports indicated the fire started in the rear of the building in a porch area before extending to the attic in the 2.5 story wood-framed structure. After the fire spread to the attic, crews cut a hole in the roof to ventilate the building. Reports indicate the fire was knocked down by approximately 3 p.m. Peabody, Marblehead and Lynn provided mutual aid. Cataldo, Atlantic Ambulance and Rehab 5 were also on scene. Beverly and Danvers provided station coverage. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Robert Gates and Katie …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Residents, officials gather to acknowledge a history of service to the community.
The Mack Park Neighborhood Association, City Council and members of the Moose Lodge thanked the Salem Fire Department for its service to the city Tuesday night. The impetus to honor the department came after the Dec. 23 tragedy in Peabody that claimed the life of Firefigther James Rice while he was fighting a fire in his home city. During a ceremony at the Moose Lodge, various members of the Salem Fire Department spoke, including Chaplain Norman LaPointe, who recited the Fireman's Prayer, Lt. Richard Brennan and Chief David Cody. "The last thing we firefighters look for is personal attenion," Brennan said. The lieutenant acknowledged the men and women who sometimes give their lives serving their communities. Brennan also thanked the city…
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Salem Fire Department said the early morning fire started in a barrel.
Salem Police officers were able to rouse Summer Street residents early Tuesday morning before a porch fire got out of control. At 1:34 a.m., emergency officials received a call about a house fire on Summer Street with a man trapped in a back hallway. Police said two responding officers found the underneath porch engulfed in flames. The officers then went up to the second floor and found a door locked, and nobody in the hall. One officer went the first floor and told two residents to get out. Two officers went back to the second floor. After knocking on the door, they were able to wake up a man and his family and had them leave the apartment. By the time police ensured everyone was out, the Salem Fire Department arrived and was able to …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Take our poll and let us know which Salem spots give you the biggest headache.
Last week we reported that the Salem Police and Fire Departments responded to three calls regarding pedestrians struck in 18 minutes. That got us thinking, and we want to know which crossings on Salem's roadways are the toughest spots for pedestrians and drivers. We've included some specific crossings in our poll, and we've also named some streets that have some sticky spots too. Options in the poll were generated by readers and police log observations. If you know of a tough crossing that we missed or have more specific information about a tough crosswalk or driving spot, please share it in the comments. We all walk different routes each day. Let us know which spots give you the biggest headache, and be safe on the roads this holiday …