Wayne Alarm: Spring security check-ups



Regular maintenance can help increase the life expectancy of your alarm system and insurance coverage, too. It is known that  security providers require monthly or yearly maintenance. However, you can do a self-maintenance as well. Older systems should be checked every three months, whereas newer systems are checked every six months. When doing check-ups, remember to notify your provider that it is just a test, so emergency support aren’t dispatched.

  • Fire and Smoke Detectors – According to The National Fire Alarm Code, smoke detector are required to be inspected annually. To ensure its proper functionality, check it by pressing and holding the button labeled “test.” In doing so, an alarm will sound. Remember to always follow along to the instructions instructed in the manual that can also give you help in keeping it up to date. Another tip is cleaning it with a vacuum cleaner(at least once a year) to remove any particles that couple affect the smoke alarm performance.
  • Video Surveillance –  If using video surveillance is one of your top security strategies, it can definitely use regular maintenance. To ensure a clear picture and uninterrupted feed, clean off the camera lens with a lens wipe and cleaner, and simply dust the camera’s exterior clean. Check daily for correct date and time that is often displayed on the monitor, sometimes brief power outages might require it to be reset.

Checking your system in your business is just as important, too.

  • Checking fire alarms in your businesses is just as important. Have it inspected to check if everything is up to date. If it is not being tested regularly, it could be more susceptible to false alarms.

Regularly checking if your security system is functioning properly can make a huge difference and can be useful in a time of emergency. Don’t hesitate to check on your system today, and reach our customer service for further questions.

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Wayne Alarm: Security tips renters should know



Renters are just as likely to have burglary, a fire, and any other form of danger that any homeowner can experience as well. Renting a home can be an entirely different experience, however, since it all depends on the landlord. There is nothing to worry about, there are still options on securing your apartment!

  1. As most common entrances for burglary are through windows and back doors, it’s important to ensure they are closed at all time. If your door doesn’t have a deadbolt, and your landlord won’t provide one, see if you can install one yourself, or even a chain lock. If a deadbolt is installed, consider asking the landlord to replace it, provide them with a spare key if necessary.
  2. Strike plates, the metal plate on your door frame, are often found old and worn out in rental homes. This means it is not as secure as it once was. Instead, try replacing the screws with longer ones to secure it or replace it with a more secure plate altogether.

When living on the first floor of a building, windows should be your main priority. You want to always make sure all of your windows lock.

  1. Most importantly, however, don’t make it easier for thieves to hide.  Avoid having tall plants or shrubbery near your windows and use a rod on the tracks of a sliding window or sliding a glass door. Since these don’t require much maintenance or work to do in a rental, making it perfect for renters.
  2. Avoid placing your most valuable items near your windows. You don’t necessarily have to hide your valuables, but don’t place big screen TVs and such by the windows as it can intrigue thieves to take it.

Most importantly, make sure you’re aware of your neighbors and get to know them. Not only can they help in case of any emergency, but can also share any privacy concern that they might have. It also helps to keep a line of communication between your landlord and yourself, so you can feel comfortable in bringing any security concerns.

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Oxford IOP offers extra support in recovery

Oxford IOP Clinical Director Joseph Lemieux and Program Assistant Director Sheana Grieves discuss goals of the program.


LYNN — Oxford Intensive Outpatient Recovery Program is focused on life after drug and alcohol detox, creating an extra level of support for those in the early stages of recovery.

“It’s not enough to detox,” said Susan Spano, co-founder and administrator of Oxford IOP, as the program more commonly goes by. “You’ve got to do a lot more than that.”

Oxford IOP, which provides an extra level of support for those who may feel residential programs are not right for them, opened last October, but will mark its grand opening on June 20 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at its office, 173 Oxford St.

Spano said the point of the event was to let people know that the program is there and that it is important. Invitations have been sent out to police and fire departments, along with personnel from probation, parole and drug court, according to Sheana Grieves, program assistant director.

Spano said the drug and alcohol rehabilitation and recovery center is a branch of Psychiatric Associates of Lynn, also located in the same building. Psych Associates provides the resource of vivitrol and suboxone, which are used for opioid detox. The idea was to keep everything under the same roof, so patients can go from Psych Associates to Oxford IOP for continued treatment, Grieves added.

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Spano said people must be almost detoxed completely when they come to Oxford IOP, or should be pretty clean — they can’t be there if they’re using. Typically, clients include those who are addicted to alcohol, heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine, and pain medication. She said the program is unique, as the attitude toward recovery is really different — patients are recovering from a holistic body and brain point of view.

Through a longer period of time in a program like the IOP with someone not using, she said the brain starts to reset itself and people begin to think more clearly and understand a lot more. She said the goal is to keep them in the program for three months, but provided program information detailing that clients typically stay for two to four weeks.

Joseph Lemieux, clinical director, said practices are done with mindfulness, thought reconstruction, reintegrating into the community, social skills, communication and how to cope with triggers both internally and externally.

He said the focus is on getting them reintegrated back into life so they can function normally. In addition, he said staff works really hard to find other care for them, including weekly therapy, and connecting them with social workers to help them with other needs they may have. In other words, he said it was about giving them stuff to do so they don’t do the stuff that got them there in the first place.

Spano said part of the opioid crisis is people may say there’s no place to go after their child got detoxed. It can be a revolving door with people detoxing, going back on the street, picking up again and going back into detox again, Grieves added. Spano said the program was created as the need was recognized, that it was very clear there wasn’t a place people go when they got better.

“This is where people can go when they’re detoxed and ready to get back into the world,” Spano said.

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Fire at Kowloon

Fire crews respond to Kowloon Restaurant.


SAUGUS — An electrical fire at Kowloon Restaurant Wednesday night was quickly extinguished by restaurant employees, said Fire Chief Michael Newbury.

Newbury said a small fire broke out in a storage area of the 948 Broadway restaurant, where takeout boxes and other dry items are kept. The Saugus Fire Department responded just after 7:40 p.m. and found that the restaurant’s employees had already extinguished the flames.

Linda Tessler, who is visiting from California, was at the restaurant for the first time when the smoke alarms went off and hundreds of customers were evacuated for about 45 minutes.

“We were eating dinner and the smoke alarms starting going off,” said Tessler, who also reported smoke in the kitchen area. “They evacuated us. But the food is great. This is exciting.”

The electrical inspector and building inspector were also on scene, said Newbury. The sprinklers did not turn on during the fire, he said.

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Wayne Alarm: Small business security tips



In 2010 there were roughly 28 million small businesses in the entire United States of America. While this number has fluctuated within the past 6 years, the fact is that we have a ton of small businesses out there. As a small business owner, so much of your time, money and energy has been developed to simply make your business run every day.

Whether you are providing a service or product, staying on top of your business security is extremely important. Below are some tips that you should make sure are implemented into your business plans.

Adequate Lighting: Having enough lighting is very important for not only inside your building but it’s also important for the outside of your building. During the night and especially when you leave, be sure that you have enough lighting both inside and outside of your business. Lighting which covers your doorways and parking lots will help keep away any potential threats.

Emergency Plans: Whether you are at home or in the office, you should always have emergency plans for different situations. Know what to do in the case of fire, robberies, theft, or major storms.

You should also keep your team in the loop so they understand and know what to do in each situation.

Strong Passwords: People often use passwords that are easy to remember but stay away from obvious ones that others can guess. Also, try to change them up. 47 percent of people actually use the same password for 5 straight years, so other people most likely know what you are using.

Public Wifi: You may not know it, but public Wifi is extremely unsafe for mobile devices. Hackers can actually go through it to attack person accounts. Never do any of your banking and online transactions on a public network.

Video Surveillance: Video cameras placed in and outside of your business are extremely helpful in order to give you proper security, limited shrinkage, improved customer service as well as other operational efficiencies.

Burglar & Theft Protection: When your business is closed and everyone is home for the night, it’s important that someone is looking out for you. With a Wayne Alarm security systems, your business can be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on keeping your business secure, please feel free to reach out to Wayne Alarm at (781)595-0000 or fill out an online contact form.

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Wayne Alarm: Questions to ask your landlord



There are often important questions that you should be asking that you could forget about. Develop a checklist and take it with you to ensure that everything is how you want it. Below are some important safety questions that you should be asking before you move in.

Are The Appliances Working Properly?

It is extremely frustrating when you move into a new apartment to just realize that important appliances aren’t working the way they should. When checking out a home or apartment make sure that the burner, refrigerator and water tanks work.

Are Draperies, Blinds Or Curtains Included?

Windows treatments aren’t always included when you move into a new place. Sometimes they are and other times they are not. Be sure to check because you don’t want strangers looking in your home and seeing all your valuables.

Have The Locks Been Updated?

You want to be sure that nobody else has a key to your home. Ask your landlord if the locks have been changed before you move in.

How Are The Surrounding Apartments?

Getting some insight about who your close neighbors will be can make a difference. If you can find this information out, ask about children, pets, activities, what your neighbors do for a living, and more. This is especially the case if you live in an apartment complex as you will be interacting with these people more.

How’s The Lighting?

Ask your landlord about lighting but we also advise you to check out the complex at night. Proper lighting can make a big difference.

Do you have a fire extinguisher?

Make sure that your apartment comes with a fire extinguisher. If it doesn’t have one then consider buying one in the case of an emergency.

Is there currently a security system at your new place? Security systems not only provide safety and security for you and your family, but also saves about 10-15% on your home insurance.  Today they are much more than just security systems. You can control your lights, thermostat, video cameras, and more all thru your Wayne Alarm System. If you don’t have one, call us today at 781-595-0000 or email

Asking simple but extremely important questions such as these can make a big difference. When you are moving into a new place you more than ever want to know that you’re safe.

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City councilors eye EpiPen plan


PEABODY — It may come down to cost versus benefit as one city councilor looks at a plan to provide first responders with EpiPens.

EpiPen, the brand name for an epinephrine autoinjector, is a medical device for injecting a measured dose or doses of epinephrine, often used for the treatment of anaphylaxis brought on by allergic reactions. Last week, the council’s health and human services committee met with the city’s police and fire chiefs, health director Sharon Cameron, and Kristie DeLoreto, president and founder of the Peabody-based Allergy and Asthma Awareness Initiative.

“I just wanted to have a conversation to see what the starting point is and what it is involved (in supplying first responders with EpiPens),” said Councilor-at-Large Thomas Walsh. “Kristie is the one I had the conversation with and who really asked that we start the conversation.”

DeLoreto said her group has made a lot of progress over the last several years, especially with making sure schools have EpiPens on hand in case a student having an allergic reaction is not carrying one. Exploring the possibility of first responders carrying EpiPens is the next step for the city, she said.

“I really feel so strongly that epinephrine is the only line of defense for reactions with anaphylaxis,” said DeLoreto.

Fire Chief Steve Pasdon said he believes EpiPens provide a great benefit.

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“The concern I have is with the cost,” Pasdon said. He said it would cost $7,000 per year for 10 double packs of adult and junior doses for the department.

“I’m totally for it, but I have to balance the budget,” said Pasdon. He noted that the EpiPens only have a shelf life of one year, so would have to be replaced on an annual basis.

“I would like to go out and find a sustainable funding source,” he said.

While the police and fire departments do not currently carry EpiPens, Atlantic Ambulance does equip their vehicles with EpiPens. The pens were used twice in 2017, four times in 2016, and six times in 2015.

Walsh said he would like to continue the discussion on EpiPens for first responders by establishing a working group including DeLoreto, Cameron, and representatives from the police and fire departments and Atlantic Ambulance.

“I know it sounds like a lot of money, but in the instance that an attack occurs, it could be the difference between life and death,” said Walsh.


Mall Street fire

Firefighters respond to 72 Mall St.


LYNN — An electrical fire in a Mall Street apartment building forced tenants into the street Thursday.

Firefighters were called to the three-story brick property at 8:20 a.m. following an explosion in unit 17 on the third floor, which caused heavy smoke damage. The fire was extinguished in less than a half hour. No one was injured.  

Laurence Eures said he loaded the dishwasher and didn’t notice anything unusual.  “And then, it exploded so I don’t know what happened,” he said.  

Lynn District Fire Chief Robert Bourgeois said the fire is under investigation. The damage was limited to the unit.

We have a building inspector on the way to see if we can get the taeny back into the apartment,” he said Thursday morning.

District Fire Chief Stephen Archer praised Lynn police officer Josh Seaman for evacuating tenants from the building prior to the arrival of the fire crew.

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Getting a jump on jobs at Lynn Tech

Carmen Arins, Lizabeth Acevedo and Yuleidy Pimenetel gather information about the Gregg Neighborhood House.


LYNN — Emily Blaney won’t graduate high school until next year, but the 16-year-old already has a career plan.

“I work with special ed kids and I’ve noticed I’m very good at comforting them,” she said. “I’ve decided to be a kindergarten teacher or open a daycare center.”

The Lynn Vocational Technical Institute junior spoke with representatives from the region’s colleges Thursday at the school’s Career Fair about furthering her education. Tech offers a childcare program that provides her with hands-on classroom training with kids.

Blaney was one of more than 100 students who packed the school’s lobby to talk with recruiters from schools, companies, retailers, hospitals, nonprofits, the military and city departments, including police and fire.

School Superintendent Dr. Catherine Latham said she was wowed by the number of employers gathered to consider Tech graduates.

“It’s so wonderful for our students to have such a diverse collection of opportunities all in one place,” she said. “Many of these organizations have taken on our students as part of the district’s co-op program.”

Amado and Cristian Roman, 17-year-old twins, said they are seeking opportunities to do an internship at a newspaper where they can use their video production skills.

“I already have lots of hands-on experience recording and editing videos,” said Amado. “I think I have a lot to offer a newspaper.”

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His brother, Cristian, said they are considering programs at Emerson College and Fitchburg State University to enhance their skills.

Mary Zwiercan, human resources director at the North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), one of two dozen employers who had a booth at the fair, said the Salem-based hospital has more than 200 jobs available from cafeteria workers, security, radiation technicians and nurses.

“We have an aging workforce and we are hiring, that’s why I’m here,” she said.  

NSCM operates a co-op program at Tech in health sciences where juniors can earn their certified nursing assistant certification. Seniors can enroll in the co-op program which puts students in healthcare settings every other week for 30 hours at $12 per hour.

“They are my future certified nursing assistants and maybe future nurses and doctors,” Zwiercan said.  

Christopher Menjivar said he’s not sure what he’ll do following graduation next year. For now, the 17-year-old junior is founder of Eagles Handyman & Construction Co., a seven-person firm that does home remodeling.

“I’m considering UMass-Boston,” he said. “All things are possible.”

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House burns in Saugus

A house fire in Saugus sent up smoke and flames.

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Flames are visible on the home’s upper level.

SAUGUS — Fire crews responded to a Walnut Street house fire Wednesday afternoon. Flames and dark smoke were visible from what looked to be the third level of the home, with crews extending a firetruck ladder toward a part of the roof that appeared to collapse.

Another ladder was set up on the side of the home, reaching up to a third-floor window. The extent of the damage to the home is not known at this time.


Wayne Alarm: Car Fire Safety


Cars can catch fire for many reasons. Mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause. A car can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, respond immediately.

  • Pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so, be sure to use your signal as you make your way to a safe location off the road, such as a breakdown lane or rest stop.
  • Once you have stopped, TURN OFF the engine.
  • Get everyone out of the car.  Never return to a burning car for anything.
  • Move everyone at least 100 feet from the burning car and well away from traffic.
  • Call 9-1-1.

How to prevent a car fire:

  • Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. If you spot leaks, your car is not running properly, get it checked. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
  • If you must transport gasoline, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. Keep a window open for ventilation.
  • Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment.
  • Never park a car where flammables, such as grass, are touching the catalytic converter.
  • Drive safely to avoid an accident.Know the danger signs
    • Cracked or loose wiring or electrical problems, including a fuse that blows more than once
    • Oil or uid leaks
    • Oil cap not on securely
    • Rapid changes in fuel or uid level, or enginetemperature

Most car fluids are flammable. Heat and electrical sparks plus leaking fluid are all it takes to start a car fire.


Most crashes do NOT result in fire. In the event of any crash, call 9-1-1. If there is no sign of fire, wait for emergency assistance to help any injured individuals out of the car.


For more information on protecting your second home and how Wayne Alarm can help, please feel free to give us a call at (781)595-0000 or fill out our online contact form.

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Huss Court fire under investigation

A fire broke out on the first and second floors at 26 Huss Court.


LYNN — A fire in a six-family building at 26 Huss Court has left two of its apartments uninhabitable, displacing three residents.

Fire crews responded to 26 Huss Court shortly after 5 p.m., Lynn District Fire Chief Stephen Archer said. No injuries were reported. No Red Cross assistance was needed, and the displaced residents are making their own accommodations, he added.

Archer said the fire investigation unit is investigating the cause and origin of the fire, which was contained mostly to two apartments at the rear of the building on the first and second floors. He said the blaze may have started in the back of the building, on a rear porch that burned its way into the dwelling.

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Archer said the two units will be uninhabitable for awhile, but the other residents appeared to be able to get back into the building.

Apparatus responding to the fire included Engine 1, 3, and 7, and Ladder 2. He said Engine 9 would have been due to also respond, but it is out of service because of budget cuts. Engine 9 is on Boston Street, and would have been one of the first alarm companies on the fire.

“We are always concerned any time we have companies browned out and companies not available for the quick response that could make the difference in fire situations,” Archer said.

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Car burns up on Western Avenue

Fire crews extinguish a burning car on Western Avenue.


LYNN — Flames engulfed a car parked in front of Dunkin’ Donuts, 50 Western Ave., shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to Item readers.

Police and fire crews responded to the scene, according to video and photos shared by readers Cassandra Delgado and Diana McEvoy.

Lynn District Fire Chief Michael McBride said he was not aware of any injuries, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Fire shuts down Peabody water treatment plant


PEABODY A three-alarm fire at a city water treatment plant shut down the Coolidge Avenue facility Monday night.

No one was injured in the fire, which started around 7:30 p.m. A Massachusetts Hazmat team was called to the scene for air quality and water quality testing as a precaution.

Fire crews battled the stubborn blaze throughout the night, with most crews leaving the scene by 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to Peabody Deputy Fire Chief Joe Daly.

“The fire got into some of the pockets of the roof that were inaccessible,” making it difficult to battle the fire at time, Daly said.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation by Peabody fire prevention and state police, according to Daly.

City officials said residents should not be affected by the fire.

“It was a rough night last night, but there was no break in water service to South Peabody,” said Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt Jr. “The Massachusetts Water Resource Authority will be providing water. They already provide a percentage of water to the city. That will just be enhanced now while the water treatment plant is not in operation.”


Malden fire displaces six families


MALDEN — Malden fire officials are still investigating the cause of a two-alarm fire which ripped through the third floor of a home on Neilon Park Sunday.

No one was injured in the city’s third major fire since December.

Six families were left homeless but they sheltered in a bus provided by the MBTA at the request of the Red Cross of Massachusetts as firefighters battled the blaze.

The fire came on one of the coldest nights of the year, causing considerable damage to the six-unit home on a square cul-de-sac off of upper Salem Street near the high school and Central fire station.

Firefighters responded after a passerby ran a block and half from the fire scene and rang the Central station bell at Sprague and Salem streets.

Malden Fire Chief Kevin Finn said firefighters could see smoke spreading across the neighborhood as they responded. All the occupants of the home were evacuated before firefighters arrived.

Finn said alarms were sounding in the building when firefighters arrived, but he was unable to confirm if individual smoke detectors were working or had alerted residents to the blaze.

Finn said the fire spread through the building, forcing firefighters to pull open ceilings.  

“They did a tremendous job,” Finn said.

He reminded Malden residents to always call emergency 911 to report a fire even if there is a firehouse nearby.

Two previous fires include the Feb. 14 blaze on Perkins Avenue that killed two people. A lack of smoke detectors was cited as possibly contributing to the fatalities.

On Dec. 5, a five-alarm fire gutted a commercial block including The Edge Liquors at the intersection of Highland Avenue and Medford Street. Employees were in the store at the time but fled when they were unable to extinguish the fire. The workers were not injured but two Malden firefighters sustained minor injuries.

Wayne Alarm: Safe Storage for Firewood


Be sure to store firewood and mulch away from your home or business. Not only is this dangerous if it happens to catch fire, but it is also illegal and not to code. 

For additional safety information and security system installation, contact Wayne Alarm by calling us at: 781-595-0000 or visiting us online

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Investigators: Fire fatality had stabbed himself

A firefighter is pictured at the scene of a Jan. 29 fatal fire on Beach Road in Lynn.


LYNN — Investigators have determined that the early morning Jan. 29 fatal fire on Beach Road was intentionally set by the victim, Alexander Joshua, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office.

“The fire was intentionally set, we believe by the deceased,” said Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office. “He had some self-inflicted injuries in addition to having set the home on fire. I don’t know if the injuries killed him or the fire. But we know that Mr. Joshua took his own life.”

Monahan said Joshua, 41, had self-inflicted stab wounds.

Joshua lived in the third floor apartment of the 20-unit building at 11 Beach Road. The three-alarm fire started in the apartment’s living room.

The blaze displaced 26 people. There were no other injuries.

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Sports car slams into Chestnut Street house

A car crashed Monday night into the side of a home at 630 Chestnut St. in Lynn.


LYNN — One homeowner was shocked to wake up to a car driving through his home Monday night.

Frank Perry, 60, of 630 Chestnut St., said he was sound asleep when a sports car barreled into his single-family home. Also home was his wife, stepson, dog, bird and three ferrets. He said he just bought the house in September 2015.

A car crashed into the side of Frank Perry's residence at 630 Chestnut St.

A car crashed into the side of Frank Perry’s residence at 630 Chestnut St.

Perry said the house was all messed up from the crash. He had just bought all brand-new furniture, he added.

“I got woken up and I thought what the (expletive) is this?” he said. “I’m going to stay here tonight. All I’m thinking is ca-ching, lawsuit.”

Lynn District Fire Chief Tim Collier said the call for the car into the house came in at approximately 10:30 p.m.

“There was a medical issue and the guy was traveling at a high rate of speed,” Collier said.

Collier said the driver was unconscious when he was brought to Union Hospital; the extent of his injuries were not known, he said. There were no injuries to anyone inside the home and the occupants were able to remain there for the night.

The district fire chief said the house had to be shored up before the car could be pulled away from it, because its foundation had been compromised.

Steve Covill, a neighbor, said he was falling asleep when the crash happened, and thought, “What the hell?”

Perry said he’s taking a few days off from work because of the accident. He said he works for a big seafood company. As for the rest of the night, he didn’t see himself getting back to sleep for a while.

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Fire crews at 26 W. Baltimore; no visible fire

Fire crews have responded to 26 W. Baltimore St. in Lynn.

The Lynn Fire Department is on scene at 26 W. Baltimore St. a little after 1 a.m. Tuesday. There is no visible fire, and residents are not being evacuated.

The neighboring complex, 22 W. Baltimore St., was destroyed by fire on New Year’s Day.

Continue to follow for any new information.

Sports car slams into Chestnut Street house

A heart as big as a city

A New Year’s Day fire destroyed the building at 22 W. Baltimore Street, seen Jan. 2.

Lynn residents and their neighbors reached into their hearts, their wallets and their cast-off clothes boxes this week to help 65 people left homeless and without possessions in the New Year’s Day fire.

The West Baltimore Street blaze brought terror, trauma, displacement and confusion into the building tenants’ lives. But it did not bring death and it set the stage for a city filled with big-hearted people to embrace and support the displaced residents.

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Lynn firefighters rushed to the fire and risked their lives ensuring every tenant fled the burning building in safety. Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and other city officials set the city’s emergency response plan in motion to provide shelter and help for displaced residents, aided by Red Cross workers and volunteers.

By late Sunday, local organizations LynnArts and Centerboard became focal points for donation dropoffs that filled available space to capacity with diapers, clothes and other assistance. Support will continue to pour in this week with financial donations to help the homeless tenants restart their lives by renting apartments and buying new possessions.

Lynn lends hand to W. Baltimore fire victims

The donors, from local Girl Scouts to Gov. Charlie Baker, must have thought for even a few minutes about the overwhelming fear and disorientation that flooded over the tenants even as they appreciated being alive.

Imagine losing important documents, cherished belongings, Christmas and other holiday gifts. What is it like to not be able to go home because home no longer exists? What kind of strength does it take to begin reassembling the basic necessities of life when home for the near future is a couch, a gymnasium cot or a motel room?

After the headlines disappear and the Red Cross workers move on to the next disaster, it will fall on local officials and friends and family of the 22 West Baltimore St. tenants to help the 65 residents driven from their homes by fire to find new places to live and restore all the components of a modern life.

One Community One Voice was one of several local organizations that reached out Sunday and Monday to help the tenants. Organization founder Lisa Wallace described the group as “diverse but united, especially when there’s a crisis.” That description is easily applied to Lynn with its diverse population committed to helping when disaster strikes.

It is sad to see the holidays end with a calamity. On the other hand, the West Baltimore fire allowed the gratitude and generosity of the season to spill over to help people in need. The New Year’s Day fire is an opportunity to ensure every Lynn resident’s resolution list includes a reminder to keep helping the fire survivors until their lives are rebuilt.

W. Baltimore fire victims describe fear, disbelief

Firefighters work the scene of a fire at 22 W. Baltimore Street on Monday. The building burned on New Year’s Day, displacing dozens of residents.


LYNN – One day after a New Year’s fire forced more than five dozen residents into the street, 15 spent Sunday night at Lynn Classical High School.

The six-alarm morning blaze at 22 W. Baltimore St. destroyed the roof and much of the interior of the yellow brick building, in what the district fire chief called a total loss, leaving the occupants homeless.

While most of the residents have been united with family thanks to the Red Cross, many are still waiting to be placed in apartments or housed temporarily in a hotel.

eisen_lynnfirevictims3_010217Roody Augustin speaks inside the shelter set up at Lynn Classical High School. | Scott Eisen

Roody Augustin, a 54-year-old cab driver and resident of the property, spent Sunday night on a cot in Classical’s gymnasium. It appears he may have lost everything to the fire that scorched his one-bedroom apartment on the second floor.

“I’d never experienced anything like that, it was very scary,” he said. “I heard the building’s fire alarm go off just after 7:30 a.m., so I grabbed my jacket and left everything behind because there was smoke coming out of one of my closets. I heard people in the hallway screaming and headed out.”

Despite the heavy smoke, he was able get down the flight of stairs to the building’s entrance.

“By the time I reached the front door, my eyes were watering,” Augustin said.

For now, he is waiting to see if firefighters can retrieve his wallet, phone and keys.

“When I have those, I can go to a hotel,” he said. “I keep thinking: It could have been worse.”

Michele Desmarais, the city’s public health director, was on hand at the school to help place families into shelter. She said the remaining homeless residents should have a place to go by day’s end.

Another resident, Billy Tuloe, 20, was at work at Logan International Airport, part of a team that de-ices airplanes, said he received a call from his family on Sunday who said the building was on fire.

eisen_lynnfirevictims1_010217Bill Tuloe speaks inside the Red Cross shelter at Lynn Classical High School. | Scott Eisen

“They wanted me to come home, but I didn’t believe them,”said Tuloe who lives on the top floor with his brothers and pregnant girlfriend. “But when I saw it on the news, I raced home. At Wonderland, I could see the smoke and knew it was serious.”

While his family escaped safely, they have no place to go since their closest relatives live in Georgia.

“Our first priority is to find an apartment,” he said.

Lynn District Fire Chief Arthur Richard and firefighters were back on the scene of the fire Monday after a report of hot spots by the crew that was securing the property.

“The fire smoldered all night long and the crew hired to board up the building noticed there was smoke coming out of a floor board,” he said. “It was very minor, but every big fire starts out small. We used thermal imaging and located a couple of spots that were hot and watered them down.”

Jennifer Mieth, spokeswoman for the State Fire Marshal, said the fire started in a bathroom exhaust fan in a first floor apartment.

‘The fire burned undetected inside the ceiling and walls for a very long time,” she said. “And because it wasn’t burning in areas where there was smoke detection, it got a good hold of the building before it broke through.”

The property is owned by Federal Five Realty Trust in Somerville and is assessed at $1.9 million.

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HELP OUT: Volunteers are needed to help sort donations Tuesday and Wednesday at LynnArts. Please contact Jolene Kelly at or (781) 581-6200.

For those who would like to donate items, Centerboard will open their space tomorrow at 16 City Hall Square from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A GoFundMe has been set up by Jaime Figueroa at; Figueroa says 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the families.

Lynn City Hall opened to W. Baltimore St. fire victims

Firefighters work at the scene of a 5-alarm fire at 22 W. Baltimore St. in Lynn on Sunday, January 1, 2017. | PHOTO BY SCOTT EISEN

LYNN — The City of Lynn has opened a reunification center in Room 107 of Lynn City Hall for residents displaced by this morning’s fire on W. Baltimore Street. Please enter City Hall on the Johnson Street side (opposite Ernie’s Harvest Time).

The Red Cross will placing residents of 22 W. Baltimore St. who are in need of shelter into hotels this afternoon.

Peabody reaches out to fire victims

Firefighters respond Christmas night to a fire at Washington Street and Swampscott Avenue in Peabody.


PEABODY — The cause of a three-alarm fire on Christmas night remains unclear.

The blaze, which began shortly after 8 p.m. at 168 Washington St., raged for about two hours.

Sharon Cameron, director of Health and Human Services in Peabody, said the mayor’s office is reaching out to help the displaced residents through the property owner to determine their needs.

Cameron said she was unaware of when or where any future fundraising efforts will take place or what will happen to the building itself. She said the Fire Department has set aside some gifts from a previous toy drive for families in need.

Peabody fire leaves 10 homeless

Ten people were displaced by the fire, said Red Cross spokesman Jeff Hall. The residents, totaling four families, include seven adults and three children.

Hall said the public can assist victims of the fire by donating to the Red Cross, which grants a stipend of $200-300 to fire victims.

The Red Cross does not set up individual fundraising efforts for each fire and makes its donations through a general pool, Hall said.   

The 3,242 square-foot multi-use building is owned by Tracey and Peter Castrichini of Peabody, according to the City Assessor’s website.

“We have so many people helping us right now,” said Tracey Castrichini, who did not have a guess as to how the fire started. “I’m finding things out right now on a need-to-know basis.”

Breakup may have sparked Newhall fire

Tenant Mark Wishney said he first noticed smoke coming up from the lower floor of the building. He said no one was home in the upstairs apartments when the fire started.

“We figured out pretty fast to get out of there,” he said. “The smoke was so bad. We lost a lot of possessions, but we’re just thankful no one was hurt.”

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Fire crews on scene at 16 Newhall St.

Crews respond Thursday night to a scene outside 16 Newhall St.

The Lynn Fire Department, Lynn Police and EMS lined Newhall Street and the surrounding area shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.

Witnesses on scene said that a fire started on the fifth floor of 16 Newhall St. One person was seen receiving oxygen in the back of an ambulance. Continue to follow as more information becomes available.

Woman arrested for arson in Newhall Street fire

3-alarm fire on Chestnut Street

3-alarm fire on Chestnut Street

Firefighters on scene of a 3-alarm fire at 259 Chestnut St. in Lynn on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. 


There were no injuries in a 3-alarm fire at 259 Chestnut St. that reportedly began at 3 a.m.

Lynn District Fire Chief Stephen Archer said it was too early to determine the cause of the blaze. By 6:30 a.m., the fire was mostly out with a few remaining hotspots.

“It just wouldn’t go out,” said Chestnut Street resident Kalisha Mullen, whose cousin is a tenant in the building.

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Vanak Hok, who is the next-door neighbor of the house that caught fire, said it was frightening to see flames so close to home.

Fire Chief James McDonald confirmed that the property was a sober living house. McDonald did not know where the residents will be directed after the fire.

Firefighters on a tower truck work to extinguish hot spots at the scene of a 3-alarm fire at 259 Chestnut Street in Lynn on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

Firefighters on a tower truck work to extinguish hot spots at the scene of a 3-alarm fire at 259 Chestnut St. in Lynn on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.

Firefighters on a tower truck work to extinguish hot spots at the scene of a 3-alarm fire at 259 Chestnut Street in Lynn on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. (Scott Eisen/The Item)Scott Eisen

Firefighters on a tower truck work to extinguish hot spots at the scene of a 3-alarm fire at 259 Chestnut St. in Lynn on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016.




Pair of Lynn accidents leaves two hurt


LYNN — Two serious motor vehicle accidents resulted in injuries on Friday.

At approximately 5:45 p.m., Lynn Police and Fire responded to 39 Webster St. on a report of a rollover motor vehicle accident. Officers found a 2015 Toyota Camry flipped over on its roof in the middle of the street. Two parked vehicles, a Honda Pilot and Mitsubishi Galant, were also damaged, said Lynn Police Lt. Dave Brown.

The driver of the Camry, a 40-year-old Lynn man, had to be extracted by firefighters. He was conscious, but had to be taken to Salem Hospital for injuries sustained in the accident. He was summoned for operating under the influence of liquor and drugs and reckless operation of a motor vehicle, Brown said.

There was no one else in the flipped vehicle and there were no other injuries.

Earlier in the day, at about 2 p.m., police responded to a two-car accident around Boston and Hamilton streets. One of the vehicles, a 1994 Toyota Camry, drove onto the sidewalk and struck European Pizzeria and Grill at 816 Boston St., according to Brown.

Two people passing by helped the driver, an elderly woman, out of the car. She was taken to Union Hospital for minor injuries and her car was towed. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured, Brown said.

No citations were issued and no arrests were made.

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One seriously injured in Revere accident

REVERE — A passenger in a GMC Envoy that lost control and crashed on Rte. 145 Westbound on Monday evening suffered serious injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The driver and one other passenger had minor injuries, and there were also two other passengers who were uninjured in the single-vehicle crash that happened around 7:45 p.m.

Preliminary investigation by Trooper Chad Doucette indicated that a 17-year-old man was traveling on Route 145 westbound in the area of Hillside Avenue when he lost control, for reasons still under investigation, of the GMC Envoy he was driving, according to a statement from the State Police department.This resulted in the Envoy rolling over.

The driver and two passengers were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital with one passenger in serious condition. The last update that State Police received had that passenger in stable condition at Massachusetts General Hospital. The 17-year-old male driver and passenger are reported as having minor injuries. Two other passengers were not transported.

The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the Suffolk Detectives, according to the statement.. State Police were assisted on scene by Revere Police, Fire and EMS.The State Police do not release the names of victims of crashes with non-fatal injuries unless they face charges. The investigation into whether charges are warranted against the driver is ongoing.

GLSS blows out 40 candles

GLSS employees and volunteers for the evening; Katherine Prouty, Andrea Chaves and Eileen Burk. (Photo by Bob Roche)

By Bridget Turcotte

LYNN — Greater Lynn Senior Services is celebrating 40 years.

An anniversary celebration was held at the Lynn Museum on Thursday evening. The Lynn Police and Fire departments, city council, the Department of Public Works and partners of GLSS were invited to celebrate the milestone.

Paul Crowley, executive director, stressed that while they’re celebrating how far the nonprofit organization has come, they’re also thinking about what’s to come.

“A big part of what we wanted to do was applaud the people in the community that have supported us over the last 40 years,” said Crowley. “Then pivot to the future and say ‘what does the next 40 years look like?”

Since its incorporation in 1976, it has adapted to the changing needs of seniors, providing community health and social services to help people maintain independence. In its next 40 years, Crowley said the focus will shift to serving people of all ages and abilities.

“The entire community plays a role in all of this,” he said. “We are actively in partnerships with the (Lynn Community) Health Center, Element Care, the Housing Authority, Lynn’s EDIC, the mayor’s office. We work with the Lynn Shelter Association, My Brother’s Table. There are just so many organizations that we are actively involved with. It’s a community effort.”

But as time has progressed, the core values of the organization have remained the same, which Crowley said is a big part of why he believes it has been successful.

“The spirit of collaboration that exists between us and other community partners, the innovation came from Vince Lique, who ran GLSS for 24 years until he died,” Crowley said. “He was quite a visionary. He came up with a lot of great ideas that formed my approach to things.”

He estimated that GLSS serves more than 3,000 seniors each day with homecare-related matters, in addition to the 3,000 rides it provides to seniors who need transportation services.

“On a daily basis we do about 6,000 incredible things,” he said. “We’re nostalgic about what has happened but we’re really focusing our attention on what we need to do to continue. There’s a lot of excitement about what we do, going forward.”

Bridget Turcotte can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Lowell Street fire under investigation

LYNN — Firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at 13-1/2 Lowell St. early Tuesday morning.

Crews were able to confine the fire to the third floor of the triple decker, according to District Chief Michael McBride.

Second-floor resident Estefani Vasquez said her father woke her and her sister up at 3:20 a.m. and got them out of the building.

“I smelled smoke and saw flames as we were coming up the hallway as we all got out,” said Vasquez.

Vasquez, a junior at Lynn Classical High School, said most of the residents in the triple decker are natives of Guatemala. She said 14 adults and two children lived in the building.

McBride said the fire went to three alarms as crews concentrated on Lowell Street, which is off Summer Street.

“It’s really congested in the area,” said McBride. “They did an awesome job of getting the ladders in.”

One firefighter was treated and released from a local hospital for heat exhaustion, McBride said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Vasquez said she will stay with an aunt in Lynn tonight and for the near future. She added that most of the Lowell Street residents will be staying with friends or relatives.

Firefighters battling blaze on Lynnway

LYNN — Crews were battling a fire off the Lynnway shortly before 2 p.m.

The fire was on the ocean side of the Lynnway near the Saugus River and the Wills Pier in a marshy area.

Revere and Lynn fire crews appeared to be on the scene.

There is no word on injuries. The area is frequented by homeless people, according to the State Police.

More information will be reported as it becomes available.

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Sparklers cause 16% of fireworks injuries.

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Two hurt in fire at Lynn warehouse

LYNN — Two people were hurt, including a homeless person and a firefighter, when a two-alarm fire raged through an abandoned warehouse at 254 Lynnway on Thursday afternoon.

The warehouse, behind the U-Haul building at 282 Lynnway, was destroyed along with several U-Haul rental vehicles and trailers, according to Lynn Fire Chief James McDonald.

McDonald said when firefighters arrived just after 3 p.m. the building was already fully involved, and there were two people leaving the building whom McDonald believed to be homeless. One, a female, had a broken leg and was taken to Union Hospital.

“Our first concern when we saw those two exit the building was that there could be more inside,” McDonald said. However, the fire was too large for firefighters to enter the building to look for more victims, he said.

Homeless people are known to congregate and camp in the area.

A firefighter sustained “minor injuries” and was also taken to Union Hospital, said McDonald.

Four or five U-Haul trucks parked at the U-Haul building in front of the warehouse were gutted as the flames spread, also igniting trees on the property.

U-Haul Customer Service Representative Christian Alcantara closed the store after stepping outside and noticing smoke coming from the abandoned building just moments before firefighters arrived on the scene.

Police blocked off a large section of the Lynnway, though it didn’t stop bystanders, and even Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, from flocking to the fire with their camera phones, attracted by the billowing smoke blowing across Lynn Harbor.

Atlantic Ambulance was at the scene to make sure firefighters were hydrating and staying cool in a misting tent to beat Thursday’s 80-degree temperatures. McDonald kept a careful watch on the 40 firefighters from Lynn, Peabody and Swampscott at the scene.

“When you get a fire in this heat, you need to rotate crews more often than normal,” said District Chief Stephen Archer.

According to McDonald, the building had been abandoned for some time, and police had problems with squatters on the premises, even boarding it up in an attempt to prevent people from entering. McDonald said the warehouse had long since been determined dangerous, with red “Xs” painted on the sides of the building.

“It’s just an unsafe environment,” said McDonald.

At around 5 p.m., McDonald said they were letting the building burn.

A dollar estimate of the damage to the warehouse and vehicles was not yet available.

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2-alarm fire rages on Lynnway

LYNN — A 2-alarm fire is tearing through a vacant building just off the Lynnway.

The building is part of the long-vacant Beacon Chevrolet property on the Lynnway, next to uHaul. The Lynnway is currently shut down to Commercial Street, and drivers should avoid the area until further notice.

One firefighter suffered a leg injury according to District Fire Chief Steve Archer, who also said that squatters were in the building at the time. Archer said one of them was also injured.

Marblehead fire traced to electrical junction box

MARBLEHEAD — An electrical junction box in the Eastern Yacht Club overheated, said a town fire captain, starting a three-alarm fire early Friday morning that severely damaged the Foster Street building.

Firefighters from Lynn, Lynnfield, Swampscott and other communities helped put out the fire after multiple phone calls brought town firefighters to 47 Foster St. at 11:54 p.m. Thursday. Fire commanders struck a second alarm after spotting smoke “showing through the roof,” according to descriptions of the fire response in the Police Department dispatch log.

Fire Capt. Michael Porter said people on the club’s second floor spotted smoke and exited the club as firefighters converged on the club’s attic and roof and cut holes to vent smoke. Fire commanders struck a third alarm at 1:02 a.m. on Friday.

“The fire was very difficult to get at,” Porter said.

Lynn firefighters initially reported the fire “knocked down,” according to the dispatch log, at 1:46 a.m., but within minutes Swampscott firefighters spotted fire and crews finished putting out flames in the attic while other firefighters helped extinguish a fire in the front of the building.

Incident commanders reported the fire out at 2:14 a.m.

Responding fire crews left Foster Street by 5 a.m. but Porter said a town crew remained on the scene while investigators worked their way through the club.

Porter said Fire Capt. Elizabeth Wilson commanded the fire response until Marblehead Chief Jason Gilliland arrived. Responders assisting firefighters included Roger Baker and Rehab 5, a truck loaded with water and cooling tents to aid firefighters recovering from fighting a fire.

“We got a lot of help from other communities,” Baker said.

The annual National Offshore One Design Regatta, which is held in conjunction with the 125th Marblehead Race Week, is to be hosted June 24-27 by the Corinthian Yacht Club. The regatta rotates between Marblehead’s three clubs, the Corinthian, Eastern and Boston.

3-alarm fire damages Marblehead yacht club

MARBLEHEAD — Firefighters from Lynn, Lynnfield, Swampscott and other communities helped put out a three-alarm fire in the Eastern Yacht Club on Foster Street early Friday morning.

Multiple telephone calls brought town firefighters to 47 Foster St. at 11:54 p.m. and fire commanders struck a second alarm after spotting smoke “showing through the roof,” according to descriptions of the fire response in the Police Department dispatch log.

Firefighters converged on the club’s attic and roof and cut holes to vent smoke before a third alarm was struck at 1:02 a.m. Lynn firefighters initially reported the fire “knocked down,” according to the dispatch log, at 1:46 a.m — but within minutes — Swampscott firefighters spotted fire and crews finished putting out flames in the attic while other firefighters helped put out fire in the front of the building.

Incident commanders reported the fire extinguished at 2:14 a.m.

Saugus firefighter ‘okay’ following hospitalization

MALDEN — A Saugus firefighter was treated and released from a Boston hospital after being rushed from the scene of a three-alarm fire in Malden Friday.

“He went home this afternoon and he appears to be okay,” Saugus Fire Chief Don McQuaid said Friday evening. “They were working really, really hard and may have been dehydrated and got some dizziness.”

Firefighters responded to a fire at a home at 63 Converse Ave., Malden at 5:32 a.m. and found a family of seven waiting outside. A third alarm brought firefighters from Saugus, Revere and other communities into action. The Saugus firefighter was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. There were no other injuries reported.

McQuaid said the firefighter was kept under observation at the hospital and began feeling better once rehydrated.

Quick-moving fire displaces Lynn family

LYNN — A two-alarm Autumn Street house fire left a family of seven homeless Thursday afternoon and sent two firefighters to the hospital with non-serious complaints.

District Fire Chief Robert Bourgeois said the fire “appears to have started in the area of the back porch.” A 1:05 p.m. call brought firefighters to 62 Autumn, a three-story shingled house a block in from Chatham Street.

“From the porch, it got into the walls and right into the eaves. We made a pretty good stop. It is uninhabitable but re-habitable,” said Fire Chief James McDonald.

Bourgeois declined to identify the firefighters, but said they were taken to Salem Hospital for observation and treatment.

Khumbah Tung identified himself as a 62 Autumn resident and said his sister went into the kitchen to cook and alerted him to the fire. He told her to call for help and attempted to use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.

Tung said his sister helped him get their grandmother, who he said is more than 80 years old, out of the house.

“Everything happened so fast,” Tung said.

Stephen Clements said he spotted a small fire on 62 Autumn’s back porch as he walked down Bloomfield Street. He said he saw people leaving the house and urged them to move a car out of the driveway.

“The fire spread really quickly,” Clements said.

Andrew Love said he spotted fire climbing up 62 Autumn’s back walls as he rode his motorcycle down Autumn Street. Love said he works for the Water and Sewer Commission, and he stopped to make sure nearby fire hydrants were in working order. He said Water and Sewer recently flushed hydrants around the city to ensure the hydrants work when firefighters need them.

Tung said seven people live in 62 Autumn and said his family came to the United States from the African nation of Cameroon and moved into the East Lynn house about two years ago.

The fire also damaged siding on 58 Autumn St. Bourgeois, the on-scene commander, declared a working fire at 1:08 p.m. and sounded a second alarm at 1:11 p.m. The fire was declared all out at 3:23 p.m.

Bourgeois said smoke alarms in the house were working when firefighters arrived on scene.

Firefighters battle 2-alarm fire on Autumn St

LYNN — Several generations of a Lynn family are safe this afternoon after a 2-alarm fire damaged their home on Autumn Street.

Khumbah Tung said he was alerted by his sister of the fire in their home at 62 Autumn St., and the two helped their grandmother, who is in her 80s, outside. According to Lynn fire chief Jim McDonald, six people were in the home and no one was injured.

McDonald said the fire likely started on the rear porch and then spread to the rest of the home. Firefighters struck a second alarm around 1 p.m.

Daily Item staff are on-scene, and we will update the story as more information becomes available.

Firefighters rescue man from home

LYNN — Firefighters rescued a man from a third-floor porch Saturday morning after a fire broke out in his Western Avenue apartment.

“The police on scene couldn’t get up the stairway because of the smoke, so Engine 3 took a hand line up there and we were able to push back the smoke into the apartment and knock down the fire,” Lynn District Fire Chief Arthur Richard said Sunday.

Firefighters responded at 10:32 a.m. Saturday to a report of a fire at 900 Western Ave.

According to fire investigator Lt. Joe Fannon, an accidental mattress fire started on the third floor of the three-family home. A male resident, who Richard said was approximately 65 years old, escaped to the porch of the triple-decker home where he became trapped.

Richard said rescuers raised a ladder from the ground and a ladder truck arrived and extended its ladder. But firefighters had, by that time, made their way up the stairs of the home. Richard said firefighters led the resident down through the stairway rather than risk taking him down via ladder.

“The safest way to take anybody down is a stairway,” Richard said. He reported that the resident had minor burns on his hands and was taken from the scene to Union Hospital for treatment.

Fannon said two adult residents from the third floor; two adults and two children from the second floor; and two adults and two children from the first floor were evacuated from the home. He classified it as a working fire, and fire trucks had left the site by 11:40 a.m.

Richard said the second-floor apartment was damaged by water used to douse the blaze and the Red Cross assisted the residents.

Cyrus Moulton contributed reporting to this story.

Electrical fire causes $50G in damage to Nahant home

NAHANT — Firefighters said an electrical fire was extinguished before it could cause further damage to the inside of a Willow Road home Saturday evening.

“It was in the beginning stages; it was a good stop,” Nahant Firefighter Robert Barreda said Sunday.

Firefighters responded to 166 Willow Road at 9:50 p.m. Saturday on the report of a fire. A second alarm was rung shortly thereafter, with Swampscott Fire Department responding to the scene to augment the two engines and a single ladder truck from Nahant, Barreda reported. Lynn Fire Department covered the Nahant station while the local department was on scene.

Barreda said the fire was in the walls of a second-floor room of the home, and the flames extended into the home’s attic story. He estimated the damage costing up to $50,000 and said the damage was contained to the inside of the home.

The scene was cleared and the Nahant crew was back manning its station by midnight, Barreda reported.

Cause of Suffolk Downs fire yet to be determined

REVERE — Fire officials are still investigating the cause of a three-alarm blaze that destroyed the Suffolk Downs track kitchen Tuesday evening.

“It’s still undetermined and under investigation,” Revere Deputy Chief Anthony Giampietro said Wednesday afternoon.

A firefighter on duty at the track called in a fire at 5:36 p.m. Tuesday, and the second and third alarms sounded soon thereafter as flames engulfed the track kitchen in the racetrack stable area.

No persons or animals were injured as workers moved horses away from the blaze. The building — which included the kitchen and a small dining area — was completely destroyed, however.

Racetrack officials said Tuesday that, despite the fire, the season should start Saturday as planned.

Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo also told The Daily Item the fire will have no impact on the bid by Mohegan Sun to build a resort casino on the site. The building and surrounding stables would be razed for the casino anyway, Rizzo said.

Lynn fire leaves nine homeless

LYNN — An East Lynn building is “uninhabitable but certainly repairable,” said a city inspector following an early Tuesday morning fire that left nine residents homeless.

Firefighters responding to a 1:49 a.m. call about a fire at 34 Howard St. spotted flames on one of the building’s exterior side walls. District Fire Chief Timothy Collier said a woman inside the building cut one of her hands climbing out a window.

She was taken to Union Hospital by emergency medical workers and Collier said a firefighter sustained a slight leg injury but remained at the fire scene. Howard Street runs off Chestnut Street and parallels the commuter rail tracks.

District Chief Stephen Archer said an initial investigation determined the fire started accidentally.

He said fire incident commander John Barry declared a working fire at 1:54 a.m. and Collier said Engine 1, 5 and 10 and Ladder 1 and 4 fire crews put out the fire by 3:21 a.m.

Chief City Inspector Roger Ennis said the fire damaged two bathrooms located near the exterior wall where firefighters spotted flames. The building’s interior sustained smoke and water damage with water pooled in 34 Howard’s basement.

Ennis said the building is posted for restricted access for safety reasons, but said work crews will be allowed to dry out the building’s interior, move out damaged items and start repairs.

Red Cross spokeswoman Ashley Studley said hotel arrangements were made for the nine residents and said they were given money to cover immediate needs.

Fire levels Suffolk Downs building

REVERE — Officials reported neither humans nor horses were injured in a three-alarm fire at the Suffolk Downs track kitchen Tuesday evening, and officials said the upcoming racing season and casino bid for the site should be unaffected by the blaze.

“Obviously the timing of it isn’t that great, as we are in competition now for the gaming license,” Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo said Tuesday night. “But these things happen, and we’re fortunate the fire department responded the way they did and that we didn’t experience further damage.”

The fire started at approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Revere Fire Deputy Chief Glen Rich said a firefighter on a detail at the track called in a fire that had started in the track kitchen. (Whenever there are horses in the nearby barns and stables, there is a firefighter on a detail at the site, Rich explained).

The fire went to a second alarm at approximately 5:40 p.m., and a large plume of brown smoke could be seen when arriving at the scene about 10 minutes later.

That plume gradually turned black as fire equipment from surrounding communities — first Winthrop and then Malden and Lynn — arrived at the scene, and a third alarm was rung.

It was difficult to get near the blaze. The main gate to the stable area was closed to onlookers, reporters and news crews, and the site of the blaze was at the end of a long lane lined with stables. But glimpses of flames charring the roof of a single-story shed-like structure could be seen over the fence, and Revere Police regularly ordered onlookers to move cars parked along roads at the perimeter of the property.

“I was in tears as I saw it … you just pray,” said Pattie Crane, a horse trainer at the racetrack, who was among the many onlookers gathered around the racetrack property.

Employees such as Crane evacuated horses from stables near the kitchen building as a precaution, and Suffolk Downs Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle said in a statement issued around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday that no horses or workers were injured. He also said the racetrack anticipated opening this Saturday as planned.

Rizzo said it was unclear whether anybody was in the kitchen or in the adjoining dining area at the time the fire started. Firefighters were just entering the building to investigate around 8:30 p.m. and remained at the scene as of deadline.

“We don’t know the cause, we’re still putting out hot spots,” Rich said.

Rizzo said the building was a complete loss. But he praised firefighters for containing the blaze to the single structure. Rizzo recalled a much more devastating fire in the early 1980s in the same area.

“Rather than lose 25 to 30 buildings like they did back then, firefighters were able to contain it to just one building,” Rizzo said. “It’s a real testament to the training of the fire department and the equipment improvements in the past decades.”

Rizzo also said the fire would have no impact “whatsoever” on the casino proposal.

“This isn’t the way we wanted the barns to come down, but this whole area would have to be razed to allow for the whole casino anyways,” Rizzo said.

But Rizzo mentioned one small part of the casino proposal was lost: he said a “beautiful” three-dimensional, roughly 10-by-10-foot model of the proposed Mohegan Sun casino was in the dining area of the kitchen.

But he said that mattered little.

“In the big picture, nobody was hurt, the property damage was contained, the horses were all safe,” Rizzo said. “I think under the circumstances it was a terrific outcome.”

Thor Jourgensen contributed reporting to this story. 

Fire raging in stable area at Suffolk Downs

REVERE — Firefighters from several communities are at the scene of a three-alarm fire at Suffolk Downs.

The fire was reported at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and crews from Winthrop and Malden, as well as Revere, were believed to be on the scene just inside the Route 145 and Tomesello Way. The area is also home to a shopping center that includes at supermarket and a department store.

Heavy smoke and flames were seen shooting into the sky above the area.

Television news photos showed flames and smokes coming through the roof of one of several large, one-story buildings in the stable area.

No injuries have been reported to people or animals.

A track spokeswoman said she did not immediately have details.

WCVB-TV reported that the fire is in a kitchen area. The station said horses were evacuated from some nearby stables as a precaution.

The track is to begin its live thoroughbred racing season on Saturday.

Mohegan Sun has proposed building a resort casino on the property.

The Daily Item staff is on the scene and will have updates on this breaking story as more details become available.

No injuries, resident displaced after fire

LYNN — Nobody was injured but officials said one person was displaced in an early-morning fire at an East Lynn apartment building Sunday.

“There were probably between 20 and 30 units, we were very fortunate that they were able to contain it to the one apartment,” Lynn District Fire Chief Jack Barry said Sunday.

Firefighters responded at 5:25 a.m. Sunday to 28 Estes St. #10 on the report of a fire, according to the police log. The blaze was declared a working fire five minutes later as a second bell was rung, Barry reported.

Barry said a fire started on the porch of a first-floor unit and then went into that apartment. Firefighters were able to keep the damage to the one apartment, however, Barry reported. He said the cause of the fire remains under investigation, and he had no estimate for damage.

Firefighters cleared the scene at 6:30 a.m.

The American Red Cross reported providing one female resident with temporary shelter at a hotel and money for food, according to an email.

2 dead in Fitchburg house fire

FITCHBURG — Authorities say two people have died in a late night fire in Fitchburg and a third person has been hospitalized.

The two-alarm blaze in the East Street home was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the state Fire Marshal’s office says two people died and a third was taken to the hospital in serious condition suffering from smoke inhalation.

Fire Chief Kevin Roy says the victims were found on the second floor.

Five people, including two children, made it out of the house alive.

No names were immediately released.

Officials say the home was destroyed and a nearby home sustained damage.

The Fire Marshal’s office says the cause remains under investigation but the fire does not appear suspicious.

Marblehead, Revere fires keep crews busy

REVERE — A Thursday night three-alarm fire in a boarded-up building near Mahoney Circle kept Revere firefighters busy and Marblehead firefighters quickly put out a furnace fire in an Upland Road house Friday morning.

Revere Deputy Fire Chief Christopher Bright said firefighters responded at approximately 10 p.m. to a fire on the outside of 23 Veterans of Foreign Wars Parkway that ignited debris piled by the two-story wood frame house.

Bright said the fire spread under the building’s roof and firefighters worked around a live electrical wire to fight it. Boards placed over the building’s doors and windows following a fire a year ago made it difficult for fire crews to enter the building.

Assisted by Lynn Engine 9 and firefighters from Chelsea, Malden, Everett and other departments, Revere fire crews confined flames to the former residential and commercial building. Bright said crews put out the fire by 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Marblehead Fire Capt. Michael Potter said town firefighters quickly extinguished a 10:29 a.m. fire in 1 Upland Road’s gas furnace, but not before smoke filled the single-family house.

“There was more smoke than fire,” he said.