Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Milford Fire Department has determined a laptop placed on cardboard overnight sparked a fire that destroyed a two-family home.
The fire that destroyed a Water Street home and displaced two families was caused by an overheated laptop computer. The computer had been placed overnight on a stack of cardboard to recharge, said Milford Fire Chief John Touhey, and apparently overheated. The cause of the fire: an overheated laptop in contact with combustible materials. The 16-year-old girl who lived in the first floor apartment with her family told firefighters that she awoke to a fire in her bedroom, and based on her statements, this is where firefighters believe the fire originated, Touhey said. The two-story structure at 24 Water Street was consumed by fire quickly but the occupants all escaped unharmed. Three firefighters were treated for minor injuries, Touhey said, …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The fire that displaced two families was reported about 6 a.m. Wednesday.
An aggressive fire spread quickly through a two-story structure at 24 Water St. Wednesday, displacing two families. The blaze led to the collapse of the house's roof and resulted in a total loss of the building, said Milford Fire Chief John Touhey. The two families inside, including four children, were able to get out safely. Three firefighters received minor injuries in extinguishing the fire. The fire began on the first floor, in the bedroom of one of the children. According to Touhey, the fire was accidental, caused by an overheated laptop, which had been placed on a stack of cardboard boxes. The fire was reported shortly before 6 a.m. The people inside were sleeping. The first floor apartment had one adult and four children, ages 4 to …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The state Fire Marshal's office has concluded an investigation into the fire that leveled a Domenick Street home on Saturday. It was determined to be accidental.
The state Fire Marshal's office has determined a fire that destroyed a two-story house on Domenick Street was accidental in nature, but the cause could not be pinpointed. The fire, at 13 Domenick St., led to a building collapse and damaged two adjacent homes. The investigation was conducted by the state Fire Marshal's office, in conjunction with the Milford police and fire departments. "There is no reason to think there is anything suspicious about the fire," said spokeswoman Jennifer Mieth, of the state Fire Marshal's office. Due to the collapse of the building, however, the investigators could not determine what caused the fire. Investigators were able to determine the fire began in the area of the kitchen of the single-family home, …
Monday, October 29, 2012
A fire Monday morning damaged Sal's Garage on South Main Street.
Milford firefighters are extinguishing a blaze in Sal's Garage on South Main Street, which was reported shortly before 8 a.m. The cause of the fire, at 87 S. Main St., is under investigation, said Fire Chief John Touhey. No one was injured. Police have blocked off access to this portion of South Main Street. The extent of the damage was not known Monday morning.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Fire crews are responding to "heavy smoke" pouring from the home.
Update: Sept. 23, 9:29 p.m. A pan containing oil was left on the stove at the residence at 196 Highland St. which ignited, causing a fire that spread through parts of the house, Lt. Ferrante of the Milford Fire Department said. The damage to the kitchen, livingroom hallway and patio totaled an estimated $80,000. "We had mutual aid from Hopkinton and Hopedale," Ferrante said. The Red Cross provided the home's residents with temporary housing and the community ambulance assisted the residents at the scene of the fire. --- Milford fire crews are responding to a working fire on 196 Highland St., according to initial scanner reports. Crews were "pulling lines" in response to heavy smoke coming from the home around 2:15 p.m., the report …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Milford firefighters extinguished a fire in the basement of a Wayne Road house Wednesday night. The cause is under investigation.
Firefighters are continuing to investigate a fire in the basement of a home on Wayne Road, which started Wednesday afternoon with a loud explosion, said the homeowner, who ran out with his wife and daughter. "Something went 'Boom' and the house shook," said J. Spencer Love. Initially, he and his wife, Persis Thorndike, thought a tree had hit the house. They looked, found no fallen tree, then heard the smoke alarms. They grabbed their 15-year-old daughter, and ran out. A firefighter carried out the family's two guinea pigs. A neighbor later brought over a towel to wrap the creatures, and keep them warm while firefighters were working. The cause is still under investigation, but the fire is not considered suspicious, said Lt. Jim Vignone, of…
Friday, September 16, 2011
The identity of the man, who was in an apartment on Luby Avenue, has not been determined.
A man was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester this afternoon with burns to his face after a fire broke in at the apartment he was in at 18 Luby Ave. Officials did not have the name of the man, who they said was not on the apartment’s lease. Firefighters and police officers were on Luby Avenue investigating the fire as of 12:30 p.m.; they do not yet know the cause. No one else was injured. The site of the fire is one of four attached apartment buildings in the Milford Housing Authority complex. Jonathan Lynch, who lives in the same building at 22 Luby Ave., said he was in his apartment when a man came out “screaming in Portuguese or Spanish; I couldn’t understand him.” “We didn’t know what was going on; we looked out and he …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
John S. Maynard 3rd, 36, is charged with six counts of burning woods and two counts of burning a building at the Milford Country Club condominium site.
A 36-year-old resident of the Milford Country Club condominiums was arraigned Thursday on eight charges of setting fires on the property over the past three months. John S. Maynard 3rd, of 4C Country Club Lane, Milford, was charged with six counts of burning woods and two counts of burning a building, according to court documents. The latter two charges are felonies. At an arraignment in Milford District Court, Judge David Locke ordered Maynard held without bail in a Worcester jail pending a "dangerousness" hearing, which is scheduled for July 14. According to Milford Police Detective Jay Ball, who investigated the nighttime fires, Maynard became a "person of interest" after the first few fires. Maynard lived with his then-girlfriend in a …
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
A mail station on Country Club Lane was destroyed by fire early Tuesday. The fire is being investigated by the state Fire Marshal's office and local authorities.
Fire authorities and police are investigating a fire that gutted a small mail station on Country Club Lane early Tuesday morning. The fire, reported at 12:53 a.m., was located near 8 Country Club Lane, said Milford Fire Lt. Jim Vignone, not far from residential units. The small out-building was "fully involved" when firefighters arrived. No one was injured in the incident, but the fire is under investigation, said Fire Chief John Touhey. The state Fire Marshal's office and a Milford police detective trained in arson investigation were contacted, he said. "They'll be going out there this morning," Touhey said. The structure was about 200 square-feet and housed mailboxes for nearby residential units. The area around Country Club Lane has had…