Marlborough Firefighters had to contend with a three car motor vehicle accident on the highway, a reported structure fire and a reported natural gas leak in a home...all within an hour and a half!
The accident occured on I 290 Eastbound. the Driver of a Plymouth PT Cruiser had not been paying attention to the slowed traffic up ahead (traffic from 290 exiting onto I 495 North and South.) He rear ended a Mercury Sable at high speed, pushing it to a 10 wheel dump truck. The PT cruisder then struck a Chevy Blazer, flipping it from the middle lane to off the side of the road, then the PT Cruiser came to a stop. Engine 2 and Rescue 1 were dispatched. Acting Lt. Dan Auger of Engine 2 requested mutual aid from the Northborough FD (Northborough Engine 1, Rescue 1 and Ambulances A1 and A2), Marlborough Engine 1 was special called as well as Patriot Ambulance P2 and P6. A total of 6 patients were extricated between the three vehicles, all were taken to UMass Medical Center in Worcester. Engine 3 was detailed to HQ to cover.
Just as Rescue 1 and Engine 1 cleared the accident scene, there was a report of a structure fire at 14 Kirby Street. Marlborough Engine 3 and Ladder 2 responded from HQ, with Rescue 1 and Engine 1 responding from I 290 On arrival, Acting Lt. Al Lizotte reported a fire in the basement bulkhead area that hasd been knocked down by a neighbor using a garden hose. Apparently, the homeowner was mowing the lawn and placed the gas can in the basement of the home. His two year old child had entered the bulkhead and knocked over the gas can. Theh vapoerrs found an ignition source in the water heater, then flashed. The child was cuaht in the flash and received minor burns, the father had smoke inhalation from rescuing the child. The father and child were taken to UMass Medical Center for evaluation.
During the Kirby Street incident, Engine 2 cleared I 290 and went to HQ to cover. Just as Rescue 1, Engine 1, Ladder 2 pulled into quarters and Engine 2 cleared HQ, Fire alarm received a 911 call reporting a heavy odor of natural gas in a residence on Elm Heights Terrace. The full 1st alarm assignment of Engine 2, Engine 1, Rescue 1 and Ladder 2 was detailed to the call. First due Engine 2 reported that the odor had dissipated with no readings on the meter and cancelled the balance of the response.
The morning sure went by fast!
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07-26-2003, 08:54 PM #1
another busy day
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