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Two-Alarm Fire in the Bitter Cold in Fall River

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FALL RIVER, MA - On Saturday night, February 4th at 6:30 P.M., firefighters responded on a still alarm to 1690 N. Main St. for reported alarms sounding with heavy smoke in the hallway. Engines 2, 6 and 12, along with Ladders 2 and 4, Rescue 1 and Car 3 responded. Car 3 arrived on scene and reported heavy smoke and flame on division 3 (third floor). The Chief ordered two attack lines stretched to the second and third floors. Attack companies reported fire in the second floor ceiling and fire in the third floor hallway. Command called for a second-alarm and due to the bitterly cold temperatures. All remaining Fall River apparatus were tied up on broken pipes and frozen sprinkler systems, forcing the city to activate the Bristol County Mutual Aide response team. Apparatus was soon responding to the city to take in numerous calls for service and to back fill empty stations. On the fire scene, members made a quick knock down followed by extensive overhaul.

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KENNETH LEGERCorrespondent

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