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House on fire! House on fire! Put it out! Put it out!
As I write this, there is a house on my street that's burning. My friend and neighbor called as she stood watching, and all I could do was ask which house it was and whether there were "people" there. She asked if I meant "fire and rescue workers" and then reassured me that there were in fact "people" there who were struggling to get the blaze under control.

The house is a little ways down the street, but because of the direction of the wind, my house will likely smell of charred personal belongings for a while.
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From: skygoodwill Date: April 20th, 2004 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I saw that in the news. Not the exact house, but houses from the brush going up in flames.
komos From: komos Date: April 20th, 2004 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Not sure I understand... there's a brush fire now? And multiple houses?
From: skygoodwill Date: April 20th, 2004 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I get the Boston area news here for some reason. And last night I had it on waiting for a show I wanted to watch to come on.

It was reporting that because of the hot and dry conditions the brush in MA was catching on fire, endangering houses and other buildings throughout the day. As the reporter spoke, there were a few buildings aflame behind her.
From: skygoodwill Date: April 20th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Approx. Transcript of News Report

Dan Rea...

'Good afternoon Liz, Good Afternoon Jack. I'm at 27 Maple Ave., behind me over my shoulder really the shell of this house. Very nice two family house, here in the Medford area, but a total loss this afternoon. Probably around some 450 thousand dollars. Fire broke out at 8:00AM. It took the Fire Department from Medford and some other communities some two hours to bring it under control. It is a two family house. On the top floor a 73 yr old woman named Ellen G. She escaped without serious injuries but her son suffered some burns. 45 yr old, John G. taken to the MASS General Hospital. This has been their family home for 40 years. The fire started on the second floor.
One Medford firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and perhaps some smoke inhalation.

I spoke a few minutes ago with the Deputy Fire Chief here Edward O'Brien.

Edward O'Brien: Heavy fires showin', already licking the roof. The gentleman was staggering out of the driveway. He already already had burns on his faces, his lips were all blackened up. I guess the mother had already gotten out. It was heavy fire right off the bat.

Dan Rea: So this could have been alot worse, perhaps in a congested neighborhood?

Edward O'Brien: Oh yeah, could have been a lot worse. Ah... midnight, 12 o'clock, 1 in the morning. We'd be looking at they'd be lucky to get out.

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komos From: komos Date: April 20th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I honestly don't know. The only news is what my friend shared and the story above. I'm assuming that I'll be passing the wreckage tonight on my way home.
From: skygoodwill Date: April 20th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)
The story above is the news report from noon hour today. Everyone is alive. The 45 yr. old John, is in hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 73 yr old is fine. No one was in the first floor. Her other son was supposed to move in the downstairs lodgings later next week.
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