Structure Fire – Woodlawn Drive (Photo’s by Retired Firefighter, Rick Leopardi) - March 12, 2024

At 2:44pm, fire crews from Company’s 1, 2 and 3 were dispatched to a reported Structure Fire in the area of Woodlawn Drive. First Officer on the scene, Captain Bill Froehlich, reported heavy fire showing from the A/D side of the residence, declaring a working fire. Deputy Germaine arrived on scene to assume Command and Captain Froehlich as Operations. Fire crews on Engine 1 arrived on scene within 5 minutes of the call and assisted Assistant Deputy Boyle stretching a 1 3/4” and 2” attack line. One fire crew was deployed to extinguish the exterior fire on the D side, while another crew made an interior attack into the second floor. Interior crews reported numerous obstacles inside the structure with heavy fire spreading into the first and second floors. Crews immediately noticed that the second floor started to sag and all crews were then ordered out of the structure and into a defensive operation. Fire crews from Engine 2 and Rescue 2 were assigned to deploy two more attack lines and address the fire conditions on the C side of the building. Numerous ladders were set up around the entire perimeter to assist firefighters in safely reaching the deep seated fire. Safety issues within the property were encountered by CFD Safety Officer Lauzon, which included a compromised electrical service and collapsing interior floors. An EVERSOURCE lineperson was eventually able to secure the utilities. Personnel from Engine 3 established a water supply located off Wenham Road (W1-13), utilizing Tankers 1 and 2, to shuttle over 22,000 gallons into the incident.

Overall, over 45 CFD Officers/Firefighters responded to the incident. A fire crew from the Plymouth Fire Department assisted at CFD Headquarters for station coverage and addressing a second incident. As with all working fires, Carver EMS was immediately dispatched to the scene ready to establish a rehab sector and treat any firefighters in distress. Carver Police utilized numerous patrol cars to assist our firefighter crews with access through the narrow roadway, so Tankers, additional fire apparatus and EMS personnel could safely operate throughout the incident.  

Thankfully, the homeowner was able to self-evacuate the structure just prior to firefighters arriving and there were no injuries to any CFD personnel. Although the home was considered a total loss, all Public Safety Personnel worked feverishly to extinguish the fire and try to save the homeowners property. (Photo’s by Retired Firefighter, Rick Leopardi)