Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Locals are coming together to help victims of the Washington Square Blaze.
Are you wondering how you can help victims of the Washington Square Blaze? If you're looking to support your neighbors, here are some places to start. If you know of other businesses, organizations or people working to help fire victims, please let us know in the comments or email Editor Aubry Bracco at firstname.lastname@example.org with more information. We will continue to update this live blog as benefit information comes in.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Firefighters made some important discoveries after the Washington Square blaze Friday afternoon.
Though a fire ravaged the 21-unit building at 98 Washington Sq. East Friday afternoon, firefighters were still able to make some important discoveries. Be sure to check out Salem Patch's videos from the scene, including this video of SFD's finds. Be sure to continue following Salem Patch to keep up on everything from the investigation to assistance for families affected by the fire.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Area departments assisted SFD at the Salem Common blaze for hours Friday.
Fire officials said arson investigators are investigating a four-alarm fire that raged on Washington Square for hours Friday afternoon. At approximately 3:30 p.m., fire officials said they were alerted by a master box and 911 calls about a fire in the 21-unit building at 98 Washington Sq. East. There were no injuries. Several cats were rescued, fire officials said. At 6:30 p.m., there were conflicting reports as to whether or not all the tenants' cats had been accounted for and saved. Fire Chief David Cody said the fire started on the second- or third-floor porch area toward the back of the building. At 6:30 p.m., Cody said arson investigators were busy probing the fire. Firfighters Face Tough Conditions Chief Cody said Engine 2 was the …
The American Red Cross is currently on scene supporting victims.
Friday, March 18, 2011
UPDATE: 8 a.m. Saturday — A Red Cross representative said seven families have been provided hotel lodging this weekend. The remaining 14 families will be staying with family. Case workers will be following up with everyone displaced on Monday. The following press release is courtesy of the American Red Cross The Red Cross was called at 4:30 p.m. to a 3-alarm, 21-unit fire in the historic district of Salem, MA (98 Washington Square). All displaced families were immediately assisted with seasonal clothes, food and water, and are currently being provided financial assistance as needed, for food and clothes, to get them through the next few days. At this point, about 15 of the 21 families have nowhere to go, and the Red Cross is working to …
Be sure to stay tuned to Salem Patch for complete coverage of the Washington Square Blaze.
Firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze just off Salem Common Friday afternoon and into the evening hours. Residents documented the blaze and watched as crews battled flames and smoke in the 21-unit building. Windy conditions exacerbated an already tough situation. Fire officials said arson investigators are currently probing the cause of the fire. What happens after a fire? How will residents recover? What's it like to battle a fire? How can you help as community members work to rebuild destroyed homes? Be sure to stay tuned to Salem Patch for complete coverage of the Washington Square blaze as the investigation continues and residents work to rebound. If you have any questions, be sure to let us know in the comments and we'll do our best…
No injuries reported. Two cats were rescued.
Salem firefighters are battling a four-alarm fire near Salem Common. The call came in at about 3:30 p.m. on Friday for a fire at 98 Washington Square East, which is a 21-unit apartment building. Firefighters were working to rescue someone from the second floor, according to Fire Department radio transmissions. Firefighters were told to evacuate the building about 4:30 p.m. because of the difficult conditions. The wind has been especially problematic. Traffic was also blocked in the area due to heavy smoke. Residents gathered on the Common and on local streets to watch firefighters battle the blaze. At about 4:45 p.m., a portion of the roof collapsed. All of the residents got out OK. There no reported injuries. Firefighters also rescued …