Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Firefighters and T workers were able to isolate a smoldering electrical wire in Arlington station. The loss of Green Line service and an unrelated Red Line incident wreaked havoc on the morning commute.
The MBTA restored Green Line service late Wednesday morning after an electrical fire at Arlington station shut down portions of the service. According to the Boston Fire Department, the station was shut down because of smoking electrical wires. "The power had to be shut down to de-energize the smoldering cable. This caused the closing and evacuation of Arlington & Copley," fire officials wrote on the department's official Twitter account. The offending cable was identified just before 10 a.m., according to the fire department. The evacuation and shut down affected all Green Line branches. And an unrelated incident on the Red line further complicated the morning commute during one of the coldest days of the year. MBTA Green Line service …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Both were taken to the hospital for their injuries.
Boston fireighters quickly knocked down a nasty two-alarm fire at 7 Phipps Street Wednesday afternoon. A woman was burned in the ordeal, and a firefighter was cut in the face while trying to battle the blaze, according to the Boston Fire Department. The call for the fire came in at 12:54 p.m. Wednesday. When the first firefighters arrived, they found flames coming from the back of the first floor of the garden-style apartment building. A second alarm was immediately called, bringing more personnel and trucks to the scene. Firefighters also called for Boston EMS to treat the woman burned in the fire. In all, the department estimated the building suffered $75,000 worth of damage from the fire. The cause is under investigation.
Friday, August 10, 2012
How can Boston identify and remove illegal grills before disaster strikes?
A South End roof deck caught fire Thursday night, causing billowing smoke and snarled traffic in the neighborhood. An illegal grill on the roof deck caused the fire, according to the Boston Fire Department. It was the second illegal grill fire in two days; the department put out a Roslindale blaze Wednesday. Spotting illegal grills is difficult from street level, but Bostonians in taller buildings know which neighbors have the contraband cookers and which don't. Here are the city's rules for grills. Mostly they prohibit charcoal grills on any structure and place limits on gas grills. What can Boston do to crack down on illegal grills? Are you willing to rat out your neighbors in the name of safety? Or do you own a rooftop grill? Why do you…
Monday, May 21, 2012
A car parked on 7th Street near 3rd Avenue in the Navy Yard caught fire this weekend and sent flames to another vehicle parked nearby. Reader @sarahcincotta, who caught the above photo, said that she initially thought that the car had exploded before realizing it was a fire. The Boston Fire Department reported that it responded to the blaze at 12:33 p.m. Saturday. The flames had already spread to the second car before the crew could extinguish them. Firefighters left the scene around 1:13 p.m., the department reported. The cause of the fire is not under investigation. On monday morning, @sarahcincotta reported that she could still see debris from the blaze.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Power problems in other parts of the city expected to continue through Wednesday; T stops remain closed.
Two MBTA stations remain closed and power outages are expected to continue throughout the day after a transformer fire at the Hilton Hotel garage sent clouds of thick black smoke through the Back Bay neighborhood Tuesday night. But none of that will have any direct impact on Charlestown. Charlestown Patch twitter followers reported, and District A-15 police confirmed that power remains online in the town. The Mass. Ave. stop on the orange line reopened this morning, returning the line to normal service, while green line service is not stopping at Prudential and Symphony stops. Meanwhile, one twitter user reports that traffic in Charlestown seems easier than that in other neighborhoods. "So glad my office is in Charlestown and not over the …