Saturday, May 25, 2013
Salem police and fire responded to a report of a car into a tree off Loring Avenue Saturday morning and one person trapped inside with serious injuries.
One man was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after his car crashed into a light post and then a tree off Loring Avenue this morning. Salem police and fire responded to the scene at 71B Loring Ave. (near Salem State University and the intersection with Canal Street and Jefferson Avenue) around 4:30 a.m. The Jaws of Life were requested to free a pinned driver inside the car. Deputy Fire Chief James Lynch said crews spent about 45 minutes with the Jaws of Life to free the trapped occupant -- a 23-year-old male. Lynch said he was unsure of the extent of the man's injuries, but that he was conscious at the time and was taken to Salem Hospital. Lynch said the victim likely had at least a broken leg. Lynch said the street was shut down…
Friday, May 17, 2013
Salem firefighters knocked down a fire at the Walyo's Variety Store on the corner of Forrester Avenue and Essex Street Friday afternoon.
A fire damaged Walyo's Variety Store on Essex Street in Salem Friday afternoon. Salem firefighters responded to the fire at approximately 2:15 p.m. The variety store, located on the corner of Essex Street and Forrester Avenue, suffered structural damage in the fire. Initial scanner reports indicated the fire originated in the basement. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. Salem Patch will post additional information as it becomes available. For breaking Salem news as it happens, sign up for our free daily newsletter.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Salem Fire Chief David Cody issued the following reminder about mulch safety.
Spring has sprung in Salem, which means many city residents will be heading outside to tackle their landscaping projects and Salem Fire Chief David Cody wants to make sure they do them safely. A new regulation, 527 CMR 17.00, took effect last September and prohibits the spreading mulch within 18 inches of combustible exteriors of buildings. Although residential buildings with six units or less are exempt from the regulation, Cody is urging all homeowners to adopt this new safety practice. "Mulch is combustible and can be easily ignited causing many fires each year," Cody said in a release. "Using noncombustible mulch such as rock or pea stone around gas meters and within the first 18 inches of combustible material is the safest practice."
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The fire that claimed the life of a Salem man early Sunday morning was accidentally set, state fire investigators have confirmed.
The fire that claimed the life of a Salem man on Beacon Street Sunday morning was the result of either a candle left burning or carelessly disposed of smoking materials, fire investigators confirmed Tuesday night. In a release issued by State Fire Marshal Steven D. Coan and Salem Fire Chief David Cody, the cause of the fire has been ruled accidental after investigators "pinpointed the origin in the second floor apartment between a desk and a closet." "Whether the cause was a candle left burning or improper disposal of smoking materials cannot be further determined, but all other possible causes have been eliminated," the release read. Michael Lyness, 53, was reportedly found dead in his second-floor apartment. "Every fire death is a …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Fire investigators are still looking into what sparked a fatal fire on Beacon Street early Sunday morning.
The details surrounding a fatal early-morning fire on Beacon Street Sunday are slowly coming into focus as fire investigators continue to look into what sparked the blaze. At 3:32 a.m., firefighters from Salem, Swampscott and Danvers responded to 5 Beacon St. for a reported structure fire in a multi-family home. When crews arrived on scene, firefighters immediately entered the building and fought through heavy smoke in an attempt to locate the second-floor tenant, fire officials said. Michael Lyness, 53, was reportedly found dead in a second-floor apartment. His body has since been removed from the home and turned over to the state's Medical Examiner's Office. A first floor tenant told an American Red Cross representative on scene that he …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Fire officials have confirmed that a 53-year-old Salem man was killed in a two-alarm fire on Beacon Street early Sunday morning.
The details surrounding a fatal fire on Beacon Street early Sunday morning are slowly coming into focus as state fire investigators continue to look into what sparked the blaze. At 3:32 a.m., firefighters from Salem, Swampscott, Lynn and Nahant responded to a reported two-alarm structure fire in a multi-family home at 5 Beacon St. When crews arrived on scene, firefighters immediately entered the building and fought through heavy smoke in an attempt to locate the second-floor tenant, fire officials said. An unidentified 53-year-old man was reportedly found dead in an upstairs apartment. His body has since been removed from the home and turned over to the state's Medical Examiner's Office. Salem fire officials declined to identify the man …
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 …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
A Lynn man suffered second and third-degree burns to his arms, face and legs when a landscaping trailer burst into flames in Salem Monday morning.
A Lynn man remains hospitalized with severe burns to his face, hands and legs after the landscaping trailer he was offloading in Salem Monday morning burst into flames. The powerful explosion on Arbella Street, which reportedly shook several nearby homes, was triggered by an overturned gas can that spilled out into the metal trailer while the landscaping crew was travelling down Lafayette Street, according to local fire officials. When the first reports of the explosion came in shortly before 9 a.m., Deputy Fire Chief Brian Harrington said local firefighters were still working to clean up the fuel spill on Lafayette. By the time they arrived on Arbella, the M. Carpenter Landscaping trailer was completely engulfed in flames and was …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Salem firefighters battled a brush fire in the woods off of Fort Avenue Thursday afternoon.
A brush fire that scorched more than an acre of Fort Lee Thursday afternoon is believed to have been sparked by people camping in the woods there, a local fire official said. "It looked like somebody was up there camping out and they had a campfire going," Deputy Chief James Lynch said Thursday night. "They even left a bag of food and a tent up there." At 1:28 p.m., police and fire units responded to the area of Fort Avenue after receiving word that a brush fire had broken out about 100-yards into the woods. Using brooms, firefighters worked to contain the fire while hoses connected to two of the department's engines were run up into the woods. In the center of the burned out area was a red tent, a small pile of bottles and cans and a …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Four Salem Fire Department recruits graduated from the State Fire Academy earlier this week.
Salem Fire Chief David Cody was pleased to report that four Salem Fire Department recruits graduated from the State Fire Academy Friday. The city's new firefighters can be seen in the picture above. They are: first row (in blue) 9th from the right is Mike Buonfiglio; next to him tenth from the right is Matt Keane. In the second row (in blue) ninth from the right is Steve McCarthy and next to him, tenth from the right is Jason Tarasuik. All four of the recruits will start work next week on regular shifts.