Thursday, May 9, 2013
Flames kicked up just after noon on Thursday and though there were no injuries, a bark mulch truck was destroyed during the fire.
A bark mulch truck was destroyed after it caught fire around noon on Thursday afternoon, with flames likely caused by a mechanical malfunction. Wilmington Deputy Fire Chief Rick McClellan said there were no injuries during the incident, which lasted about 20 minutes. The truck, which pumps bark mulch, was running in a small area of trees and grass while the operators were about 50 feet away. The workers did not notice that flames had caught up in the cab of the truck until someone from a neighboring business yelled to alert them. McClellan said there was some concern that nearby grass and trees could catch fire as well, but the flames did not spread. Any concerns for more flames picking up after the truck fire was extinguished were put to …
Monday, May 6, 2013
According to scanner reports, flames broke out just after 8 p.m. and involved a tire pile as well.
According to scanner reports, Wilmington firefighters were battling a large brush fire on Salem Street just after 8 p.m. on Monday night. Initial calls came in just before 8:30 p.m., reporting a large amount of flames at 900 Salem Street. Scanner transmissions indicated that the fire spread to a tire pile as well. Multiple mutual aid crews also reportedly responded to the scene, where heavy smoke could be spotted. At about 8:50 p.m., command indicated that the main body of the fire was knocked down. Just after 9 p.m., Deputy Fire Chief Rick McClellan said the fire was nothing major, but that a pile of tires and mattresses that were illegally dumped caught fire. He added that the fire was knocked down and crews were just wetting it down. …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Firefighters continue investigating what caused Friday's fire while residents begin picking up the pieces.
Wilmington firefighters continue investigating what caused Friday’s four alarm fire as Avalon Oaks residents begin picking up the pieces two days after the flames displaced a total of 35 people. Deputy Fire Chief Rick McClellan said that, contrary to a previous report, it has not been determined that a gas grill was the cause of the fire. McClellan said interviews with residents will continue in the upcoming days, and it could be another week before the investigation is completed. The fire is not considered suspicious, and McClellan said it’s possible no definitive cause for the fire is ever determined. Michaela Stanelun was among the residents to lose nearly everything during the fire. She was sitting with her husband, the couple was …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Firefighters battled a four alarm fire on Friday in the midst of a blizzard.
At the same time as Avalon Oaks was up in flames, firefighters received a call for a van on fire in the Knights of Columbus parking lot.
There wasn't much down time for firefighters in Wilmington on Friday. At the same time that flames were shooting through the roof of an Avalon Oaks apartment building, firefighters received a call for a van on fire in the Knights of Columbus parking lot - and all in the middle of a blizzard. Flames destroyed a building on Avalon Drive, reportedly due to a gas grill on a second story balcony, during an incident that began at about 4 p.m. and lasted throughout the evening. Meanwhile, at about 6 p.m., dispatch received a call for a van that was fully engulfed in flames. Because Wilmington firefighters were engaged with the Avalon Oaks fire, the Lowell Fire Department put out the van fire, according to scanner reports.
Friday, February 8, 2013
According to New England Cable News, the fire that destroyed an entire apartment building on Avalon Drive was started by a second story gas grill.
According to New England Cable News, the four-alarm fire that has left dozens of Avalon Oaks residents homeless was caused by a gas grill on a second story porch. Fire Chief Ed Bradbury confirmed the information to the news station on Friday night. Fire crews are likely to be working through the night as they overhaul the building and monitor to make sure no further flames kick up. "Right now, it's a pretty good idea we had some involvement of a gas grill on the second floor balcony," Bradbury told NECN. The fire broke out at about 4 p.m. in the midst of the blizzard that is still coming down in Wilmington. The snowy conditions made it difficult for crews fighting the flames, but Lt. John Brown confirmed to Patch on Friday night that no …
Crews from Wilmington, North Reading and Burlington are responding to the scene.
Update at 10:19 p.m.: According to Red Cross Communications Manager Ashley Studley, the organization will continue to assist impacted families throughout the weekend with a hotel stay before meeting with them again to determine further needs. Studley said it's not clear how many total residents were displaced by the fire, but she said the Red Cross is assisting 10 adults and 3 children after Friday's fire that gutted the Avalon Oaks apartment building. Updated at 8:02 p.m.: While crews will likely be working through the night on Avalon Drive and multiple units have been destroyed, Wilmington Fire Lt. John Brown confirmed to Patch that all residents escaped the fire and are accounted for. Brown said there were no injuries as a result of the…
Saturday, February 2, 2013
With January wrapped up, we look back at the top police and fire headlines of the month.
It was a busy month for the Wilmington Police and Wilmington Fire Departments, with a wide variety of calls. With January in the books, we take a look back at the top headlines from the last month in Wilmington. PHOTOS: Crews Cleaning Up After I-93 Crash (Jan. 8) A mid-morning crash that injured a truck driver backed up traffic for miles on I-93 North. According to reports, the vehicle was carrying trash and when it rolled over debris was spread across the roadway. Just one lane was open to traffic following the crash, which caused significant delays. Woman Allegedly Drove Drunk With Three Children in Car (Jan. 16) What started off as a standard check on an erratic operator took what police called a concerning turn over the weekend when an…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Crews razed the home after it was gutted by fire on Thursday, and neighbors hope to help raise money to help the homeowner rebuild.
The North Street home gutted by a Thursday fire is now nothing but an empty lot as firefighters continue to investigate what caused that devastating fire. Deputy Fire Chief Rick McClellan said the fire is not suspicious, but the cause of the flames has not yet been pinpointed. Crews worked until about 6 p.m. on Thursday demolishing what was left of the home after it was deemed unsafe. “It’s still undetermined,” said McClellan. “We’ve ruled out a lot of things, but nothing is conclusive. We do know that the fire is not considered suspicious.” Neighbors, meanwhile, have begun efforts to raise money for George Bradley, who is left without a place to live. He has been working with Red Cross representatives since being displaced by the fire. …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
A Thursday afternoon fire destroyed a home on North Street, though firefighters are unsure at the time what started the blaze.
A quiet North Street neighborhood was filled with smoke on Thursday afternoon when firefighters received a call that the property at 20 North Street was engulfed in flames. No one was injured in the fire, but the home was completely destroyed.