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    Default Four alarm Triple Decker in Worcester...



    Inch and a half and maybe a water can should handle this

    All kidding aside, good job by the guys and luck was on their side (ride the article below!).

    The fire was on Providence Street...I'm not native enough to Worcester to know if that is "technically" Vernon Hill or just adjacent to that neighborhood. Anyway, those of you who've been around for a few years know I'll post pics of Vernon Hill every so often when people ask what a three decker is!








    Friday, March 18, 2005

    Rescue worker survives blast

    Three-decker is destroyed

    By Edward J. Canty
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    WORCESTER— At least 17 people were displaced late yesterday afternoon when a four-alarm blaze destroyed one three-decker and damaged two others on Providence Street, fire officials said.

    Lt. Donald M. Quinlan of the rescue squad, one of two firefighters searching for people and animals on the top floor of a burning three-decker at 133 Providence St., escaped serious injury when a massive backdraft caused two explosions that blew out the front and side windows.

    “He was extremely lucky he wasn’t blown out. … The window sill held him in,” said District Chief Ronald Fritz of the South Division.

    Lt. Quinlan who suffered minor head and face cuts, refused medical treatment and stayed at the fire scene, officials said.

    Immediately after the backdraft explosion, Deputy Fire Chief Paul A. Rogacz, concerned that firefighters could be missing, called for a roll call. All were accounted for.

    Brad Spellane, a tenant of the third floor, where the backdraft occurred, said he lost two dogs, Colby, a black Labrador retriever, and Jack, a yellow Labrador retriever.

    “I came home from work to walk the dogs, when my mother called me and said the place was on fire. I saw two firefighters enter the building,” he said. “One of them opened a window and about 30 seconds later, there was an explosion. I was on the ground in front when it went off.”

    His mother, Janet Spellane, said she saw flames coming out of the building and went around back to see if her son’s car was parked. She was relieved to see the car wasn’t there, which meant he wasn’t in the burning building.

    At the scene, fire officials provided a partial list of the 13 adults and 4 children affected. Those displaced at 133 Providence St. are Merrill Greaves, and Jollen Greaves on the first floor; Steve Elveys, Jean Baptiste, Fredine Baptiste, Tanya Login, Immacula Manigat and Rachelle Baptiste on the second floor; and Mr. Spellane on the top floor. At 135 Providence St., Maria Anna Lou, first floor; Grenavade Delva and Stanley Badenski, top floor; and Irene Kozlowski, second floor.

    The American Red Cross is helping six families from 133 and 135 Providence St., according to Nicole Valentine, director of emergency services. Some require food and clothing while others require shelter, she said. Those needing shelter were being transported to hotels in Westboro because there were no hotel rooms available in Worcester because of the NCAA basketball tournament.

    Deputy Chief Rogacz said the intense fire and radiant heat of the burning three-decker at 133 Providence St. ignited the adjacent tenements at 131 and 135 Providence St.

    Officials said the three-decker at 135 Providence St. had fire damage to the top floor and attic. The tenement at 131 Providence St. had minor fire damage to the top floors and smoke and water damage. Residents of 131 Providence St. were able to return to their apartments last night, Ms. Valentine said.

    No estimate of damage was immediately available, officials said.

    Mr. Spellane said the fire started in a dryer on a back shed on the second floor. Chief Rogacz said the cause of the fire will be investigated by the Fire Department.

    The deputy said he called for more alarms because flames were coming out of all three buildings when firefighters arrived.

    Chief Fritz said 10 engine companies, seven ladder trucks and the Rescue Squad were summoned.

    Officials at Worcester Fire Alarm said a neighbor reported the blaze at 4:32 p.m.

    Those wishing to make donations for residents displaced by the fire and other local disasters can call (508) 595-3700, Ms. Valentine said.
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    Dal,

    Proper pronunciation is Triple Deckah.

    Looks like a good cooker too.

    And remember, a triple decker is just two story that hasn't burned yet. Wistah is full of 'em unfortunately.
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    Inch and a half and maybe a water can should handle this
    Some people here would agree with that
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    hope the loo bought a lotto ticket after that job...

    Good worker...glad everyone went home.

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    KICK ***** ! Glad all went home safe ...........
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    WOW!!! I saw this live from the news helicopter but these photos are pretty impressive! Worcester Fire must be a great dept. to be part of ! ----- Good Job Guys! NEVER FORGET W6... BOX 5-1438 SIX FOREVER!!!

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    I had a friend who was visiting relatives there and was doing a ride and made that fire....he made that fire!
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    Originally posted by captstanm1
    I had a friend who was visiting relatives there and was doing a ride and made that fire....he made that fire!
    What a day to do a ride-along! What company was he on? Was the house fully involved when they arrived on scene? Tell us more!

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    There were pictures on the news of unburned shirts hanging in the trees....blown out in the backdraft. And every old city in New England has blocks of these buildings - or did.

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    Wow........ Nice!!
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    Tell us more!
    I was talking to him by nextel and I had to run. Did not get any other details. I think he was at their main station though. Unfortunately for him, he only got to pull hose and roll hose!
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    I think he was at their main station though.

    Grove Street...now that's a station at the moment! They've picked up an extra truck until a new station is built to replace one that just became a hotel site.

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    Not many career, 2 Engine / 2 Truck / 2-3 Chief Officer stations around!

    (For those who don't know...I live in CT, but I work in downtown Worcester so I end up being a bit of a buff since I have no other choice )

    A four-alarm is a pretty big deal in the city. For perspective, a 3rd Alarm will normally start to move up cover companies from the largely on-call combination departments that adjoin Worcester.

    They have 16 Engines, 7 Ladders, 1 Rescue so committing 10 Engines, 7 Ladders, and the Rescue strips the city pretty heavily.

    (The engines are 3 man though -- the city long ago offered to go to 4 man Engines if the union would accept a reduction from 16 to 12 Engines and that went over like a fart in church!) But overall shift strength is pretty good compared to what many, many other cities face. Rescue is four men, and I believe the Ladders are four men when they can, three if they're short.
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    Originally posted by Dalmatian90


    A four-alarm is a pretty big deal in the city. For perspective, a 3rd Alarm will normally start to move up cover companies from the largely on-call combination departments that adjoin Worcester.

    They have 16 Engines, 7 Ladders, 1 Rescue so committing 10 Engines, 7 Ladders, and the Rescue strips the city pretty heavily.
    Thanks to Dal90 for some dept. statistics. I'm a little surprised though that Worcester only has one rescue co.

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