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MA: Blizzard Damages Electrical System – Home Burns

February 18, 2013 Leave a comment
MARSHFIELD, MA: The home at the corner of Circuit and Ames avenues in Marshfield has hosted a neighborhood clambake on Labor Day weekend for more than 30 years. But that tradition is now in jeopardy because of the Blizzard of 2013.

“It’s really devastating,” neighbor Charlie Pesko said. “It was in pristine condition, a beautiful place.”

The summer home at 10 Ames Ave. near Rexhame Beach was gutted by a three-alarm electrical fire Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured.

Marshfield Fire Chief Kevin Robinson said the blaze was a result of damage to the home’s electrical service, a casualty of last week’s blizzard. Since the storm struck last Friday, firefighters in hard-hit communities have responded to a variety of emergencies, including rescues, fires, carbon monoxide scares and medical calls.

 

On Tuesday, homes on Oceanside Drive in Scituate and Avon Street in Marshfield caught fire when their power was restored. There were no injuries in either fire. In Marshfield alone, there have been five electrical fires since last Friday, Robinson said.Robinson said Wednesday’s fire started at the electric meter outside the rear side of the home, climbing quickly up the wooden frame into the attic. He said the attic and second floor were destroyed, and the home may need to be torn down.

Some Rexhame residents who had been without electricity since the weekend said their homes regained power at about the same time the fire started, about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.  “A surge could have done it,” Robinson said. “If there was damage to the electrical service, and one is energized, that could have caused the fire as well. We’re still investigating that at this point.”

Firefighters from Marshfield, Duxbury, Pembroke, Hanover, Norwell and Scituate responded to the fire, which was extinguished shortly after 4 p.m. Part of the roof collapsed, and the first floor was damaged by water from fire hoses.  Jonathan and Connie Smith, the homeowners, watched from the lawn as firefighters tore through walls to make sure the fire was out. The couple, who live in Wellesley during the winter, raised their two sons in the home, which was built in the 1880s.

Jonathan Smith said the home has been owned by his family since 1945.  “Tragic,” he said.  “The saddest,” Connie added.  Connie watched as firefighters carried pieces of salvageable furniture from the charred home into the barn next door.  “It was the furniture that came with the house in the 1800s. That’s how old it is,” she said. “It’s some beautiful old wicker. It was here when the house was first built.”

Charlie Pesko, who lives on nearby Kent Avenue, shook Jonathan’s hand, kissed Connie on the cheek and told the couple he’s available if they need any help. Pesko said the Smiths are very popular among the locals.

“They get the whole neighborhood here on Labor Day for a good ol’ New England clambake and lobsters,” Pesko said. “They do the whole thing. They mastermind the whole thing.”

Story via patriotledger.com

MA: Electrical Fire Destroys Home

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment
PLYMOUTH, MA:

The state fire marshal has reason to believe a fire Friday that destroyed a home in Plymouth’s Manomet village was an electrical fire, but the official cause remains undetermined.

State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said the early morning blaze at 116 Seaview Drive started next to a couch in the home’s living room. No one was home when the fire started, and there were no injuries.

“There is no evidence to suggest this was an intentionally-set fire.” Coan said. “Reconstruction of the scene points to an electrical cause of the fire, but all of the electrical components were destroyed by the fire leaving us without evidence to test to confirm.”

Coan said the seaside home is used year-round, but the occupants were away for the holidays.

Because the cause of the Plymouth blaze is undetermined, investigators won’t connect the fire to a recent string of suspicious fires in southeastern Massachusetts.

More than 15 of these suspicious fires, some of which were deemed arson, started inside empty or abandoned buildings in local towns.

Jennifer Meith, spokeswoman for the state Department of Fire Services, said authorities are still investigating a possible arson spree.

“There are certainly a series of intentionally set fires that we’re investigating as a possible connection,” she said.

Friday’s fire in Plymouth started shortly before 3 a.m. Deputy Fire Chief Michael Young said the single-story home was “fully engulfed” when firefighters arrived.

“It’s totally gutted, a total loss,” Young said.

Heat from the fire melted some shutters at the home next door at 114 Seaview Drive, Young said. Firefighters were able to put out most of the fire within a half hour.

Three other fires occurred in coastal communities in the past two weeks. On Dec. 19, a small fire damaged a summer home on Central Avenue in Scituate’s Humarock neighborhood.

Several hours later, fire destroyed two boats and damaged three others at Taylor Marine in Marshfield’s Brant Rock neighborhood.

On Dec. 13, officials said a one-alarm fire, later deemed to be arson, damaged a beachfront home at 204 Central Ave. in Humarock.

Story via patriotledger.com

2 Electricians Shocked Working on Panel in MA

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Norton, MA – Earlier today, fire and rescue officials were deployed to Horizon Beverage facility, located at 45 Commerce Way, Norton, for two electricians who were injured by an electrical shock.

Both men, who were working on an electrical panel, were taken to area hospitals for treatment of electrical burns.

According to reports by Sun Chronicle, fire captain Shawn Simmons said that one worker suffered  second-degree burns to his face and another suffered minor burns. The victims were subcontractors at the site  and  were not employees of Horizon Beverage, Simmons said.

One worker has since been treated and released; the other remains hospitalized.

The exact cause of the accident is under investigation.

“Our thoughts are with the injured men and their families,” said vice president of operations Michael Epstein.

Story via NortonPatch.com

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2 Firefighters Shocked Responding to Fire in MA

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment
BOSTON, MA Four Boston firefighters were hospitalized after battling a fire Saturday night in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.
 
The fire at 25 Peterborough St. broke out in an apartment on the first floor about 8:15 p.m., sending the residents of the 30 units in the building to the street. 100 residents were forced to find other places to live.
 
Two firefighters went to the hospital after being shocked by electric lines; two others suffered chest pains.

 Fire officials believe the fire was started by an electrical short circuit. Damage to the building was estimated at $200,000.

Story via TheBostonChannel.com

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Man Who Lost Both Arms In Electrical Accident Recovering

January 22, 2011 Leave a comment
Georgetown, Danvers, MA – On the day he came home from the hospital, about eight weeks after losing both arms in a horrific electrical accident on the job in September, Georgetown Electric employee Jim Young walked across the street to visit his neighbors in Merrimac.

Lisa O’Neil said she and her family were astonished and delighted to see him and gave him big hugs. O’Neil’s children are regular visitors at Young’s home.

“He treats my kids just like his kids,” said O’Neil, who is organizing a Jan. 22 fundraiser for Young. “They’re a great family, a great couple, and we really love them.”

Jim and his wife, Karen, have two young children, Griffin, eight, and Hilary, five.

Right after his return from the hospital, Young was also seen walking with his dog, Callie, in the mornings, the return of an early morning ritual for man and dog, said O’Neil.

“Callie did not see Jim for eight weeks while he was in the hospital,” said O’Neil. “Karen would put Jim on the speaker phone when he called from the hospital so Callie could hear his voice. She would get so excited; Callie missed her dad, too. When he came home just before Thanksgiving, Callie wouldn’t leave his side. The family had a wonderful Thanksgiving, a lot to be thankful for.”

Driven to recover

With fierce determination, the athletic Young, who coaches and officiates youth sports, concentrated on building up strength in his legs and learning to balance without arms. He started to walk the hallways and stairs in the hospital right away.

“I was in good shape before the accident, and my legs got strong when I was at Spaulding Rehab,” said Jim, who spent five weeks in Massachusetts General Hospital and three weeks at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. “They were pretty amazed at my balance. They were all very good to me. I have been doing 60 minutes a day on the treadmill at home. Before it got real cold, I went for one-and-a-half mile walks every day. Eventually, I’ll go back to the gym.”

Jim goes for physical therapy at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Bradford three times a week. He is also acclimating himself to a complex prosthetic right arm with a hand he can open and close.

“I work with [the prosthetic arm] every day,” he said. “You get a little bit better every day.”

Jim has coached youth league sports and officiates college and high school basketball games all over New England.

“I really miss that,” said Jim,

Former Merrimac resident Carol Parker said Jim coaches her eight-year-old son Owen’s baseball team.

“He’s a great coach,” said Parker. “He does it for the love of the kids and the love of the game. He’s very gentle. Owen loves having him as a coach.”

As Jim inspires others, he said his wife, Karen, inspires him.

“My wife has been the one who has to do a lot more work, shoveling snow, cleaning, making meals and helping me out,” said Jim. “All the things she has to do — she’s a big inspiration to me.”

Karen said the family’s biggest need is the continued support of family, friends and neighbors.

“I don’t think I could get through what we are going through without their support,” said Karen.

Story via WickedLocal.com

MA Man Electrocuted Near Railroad

December 4, 2010 Leave a comment

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA –  A 53-year-old Cheshire man died Thursday afternoon after being electrocuted on or near the railroad tracks a few hundred yards south of the Cole Avenue intersection with North Hoosac Road, authorities confirmed Friday.

Danny Beiso died about 1 p.m., according to Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless, who said he could report very few details due to an ongoing investigation. “It appears he was accidentally electrocuted, and we’re at this point investigating the circumstances of how this occurred,” Capeless said.

He said there did not appear to be any safety hazard along the railroad tracks where Beiso’s death occurred, however.

A friend who was with Beiso at the time said they had been out scouting for deer, Capeless said. Numerous sources say that Calvin Hebert was with Beiso at the time. Hebert could not be reached for comment Friday. Dr. Benjamin Glick, Berkshire County medical examiner, performed an autopsy Friday at Berkshire Medical Center and determined that the cause of death was electrocution. Glick said that Beiso was pronounced dead in the emergency room of North Adams Regional Hospital. According to the Williamstown Police Department’s log, Village Ambulance responded to a call at 1:09 p.m. for medical help at Cole Avenue from both the Pan Am Rail Police and Hebert. Beiso was no stranger to police agencies in at least two towns, local authorities said Friday, though they declined to mention why. According to Transcript files, Beiso was found guilty in 1985 on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, trespassing and disorderly conduct and ordered to serve 30 days of a six-month sentence. The balance of the sentence was suspended with probation for one year. As a condition of probation, he was ordered to obtain alcohol counseling.

In January of 1999, Beiso won $150,000 in the Big Game state lottery according to Transcript files. He was one number away from a $35 million jackpot and bought the ticket at Chaput News and Variety on Summer Street in Adams.

Story via BerkshireEagle.com