Monday, May 20, 2013
A fire that was reported Saturday at 14 Grove St. was arson, the Milford Fire Chief said Monday.
A two-alarm fire that displaced five people in an apartment building on Grove Street was arson, the Milford Fire Department announced Monday. In a press release, Fire Chief John Touhey said the Fire Department is working with the Milford Police and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal to investigate the blaze. The fire was reported about 4 a.m. Saturday. Investigators have determined that the fire in the four unit apartment building was intentionally set, Touhey said. "The investigation into this arson fire is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Arson Watch Hotline at 1-800-682-9229 or the Milford Police Department Tip Line at 1-508-473-3800."
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Milford Fire Department responded to the call just after 4 a.m.
The Milford Fire Department chief and lieutenant were on the scene of a two-alarm fire at 14 Grove St. for more than five hours this morning According to scanner reports the fire department was called just after 4 a.m. for a report of heavy smoke showing from a two and a half story dwelling. According to Lt. Mark Nelson, there were fires in the basement, on the first floor and on the second floor, although it is unclear how the fire spread throughout the four-family home. No injuries were reported although at this time the house remains uninhabitable. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, according to Nelson more information will be available on Monday.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
A series of large brush fires in wooded areas of Milford is under investigation as suspicious, said Fire Chief John Touhey.
Milford firefighters have responded to more than 20 brush fires since mid-April, a pattern that is under investigation and deemed "suspicious." The fires are under investigation by the Milford Police and Milford Fire Department. The fires began in the second week of April, said Milford Fire Chief John Touhey, which is part of the state's brush fire season due to conditions including low humidity. But the number of brush fires is unusual, he said. He estimated the number is more than double what surrounding communities have had this year. And the locations, deep into the woods, are drawing attention. The fires are not rekindling from previous burns, he said, but in new locations. The fires were reported in woods in three or four generalized…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The Milford Fire Department has responded to a 3-acre brush fire off Haven Street, and to a smaller fire off Eben Street.
Updated: Milford firefighters have responded to two brush fires on Thursday afternoon. A 3-acre fire was reported off Haven Street early Thursday, and before it was fully extinguished, a smaller fire was reported off Eben Street. Original Post: Milford firefighters are extinguishing a brush fire off Haven Street, described in an intial scanner report as being about 3 acres total. The fire was reported about 12:30 p.m. The department has responded to several brush fires in recent weeks. The National Weather Service on Thursday warned of an increased risk of brush fires because of the extended dry weather conditions across New England. The Service said the dry weather has created “unsafe burning conditions” with dead grass, leaves and brush …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A 2-acre brush fire was being extinguished Tuesday off Cedar Street.
Milford firefighters responded Tuesday to a fire that burned 2 acres of woodland above Cedar Street. The fire was largely extinguished by about 4 p.m. and was handled by Milford, using its personnel, said Fire Chief John Touhey. The area was in the Vietnam trails section off Cedar Street, near I-495.
Monday, April 8, 2013
The Milford Fire Department on Monday was extinguishing a 5-acre brush fire off Cedar Street.
A fire that burned some 5 acres of brush off Cedar Street, to the east of the Milford Upper Charles Trail, was being extinguished Monday afternoon by Milford firefighters. The fire was reported about 2:15 p.m., near the power lines.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Milford Fire Department responded to a house fire this morning just after 6.
UPDATED at 11:55 a.m. with quotes from Milford Fire Chief. *** Milford Fire Department responded to a house fire just about 6 a.m. Sunday on Oak Tree Drive. According to Milford Police, the family escaped from the fire at 12 Oak Tree Drive. Milford Police tweeted the "family of five narrowly escapes fire with their lives, nothing else." The cause of the fire is still under investigation but the origin appeared to be the front porch, said Milford Fire Chief John Touhey. Four people were inside when the fire was discovered, shortly before 6 a.m.: two parents and a 17-year-old girl, and an 11-year-old boy, he said. The father discovered the fire, when he awoke to an unusual sound, said the fire chief. He went downstairs to investigate, and a …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The families that escaped a devastating fire on Water Street last week are trying to find housing and starting to rebuild.
The fire that swept through a two-story house on Water Street Wednesday sent six people out into the early morning cold and destroyed all of their possessions. Everything was lost in the blaze, from school papers to cell phones, clothing and furniture. Andrea Adigun, the mother of the four children in the first floor apartment, had enough time to grab the children and run. The fire took everything the family had, except their car. "We came out in our pajamas," she said. She woke up that morning to her teenage daughter's screams. The fire had started in the bedroom of the 16-year-old, the Milford Fire Department determined. The fire was accidental, caused by a laptop that had overheated, and ignited cardboard underneath the device. The …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The American Red Cross in Central Massachusetts has provided emergency assistance to the families whose homes burned on Water Street. And a bank account has been established for Sheryl Rice, whose second-floor apartment was destroyed.
Two families who lost their homes in a fire at 24 Water St. have received emergency assistance from the American Red Cross, including a cash stipend and some essential supplies such as clothing and temporary shelter. But the fire in the two-story structure destroyed all of their belongings. Very little was able to be recovered following the fire. The victims included a family of six on the first floor, including four children, and a woman and her dog, a Boston terrier, on the second floor, said Kevin Molt, the American Red Cross regional supervisor for Central Massachusetts. The Milford Fire Department on Wednesday afternoon determined the fire was accidental, caused by a laptop computer that overheated after it was placed on top of …
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 …