Structure Fire – Plymouth Street - December 13, 2012

Fire Company’s 1, 2 and 3 were dispatched to a reported Structure Fire last night at 11:31 pm.  On arrival Captain Harriman, who lives almost across the street, took Command, making sure all occupants were out of the residence and declaring a working fire, with the fire located at the rear area of the home.  Officers and Firefighters from Company 2 (Engine 2, Engine 4 and Breaker 29) arrived within 5 minutes, quickly knocking down the bulk of the fire, which was spreading rapidly.  Due to the age of the building and balloon frame construction type, the fire had extended into the wall and ridge vent area of the structure, making complete extinguishment very difficult.   Firefighters had to use saws and hand tools to carefully remove plaster sheathing in the ceiling and wall areas inside the structure to extinguish numerous hot spots.   Firefighters from Rescue 1 and Engine 3, preformed fire overhaul and salvage operations inside the structure by using thermal imager cameras to look for hidden fires in the walls and by setting up waterproof traps to protect furnishings and gather personal belongs for the family.  Engine 1’s crew established a water supply in Plymouth Street area, filling our Tanker 1 in case the fire progressed.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.


A Plymouth Engine company was brought into our Station 1 to help cover the town while Carver crews were working the fire – (Thank you Plymouth Fire!)  Overall crews did an outstanding job containing the fire to rear portion of the house saving the home.  No injuries were reported and it is my hope that the family’s will be back in the house in time for Christmas! (Photo’s by Deputy Germaine)