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Spontaneous Combustion Causes Porch Fire in Waltham

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May 31, 2023 | MASSACHUSETTS PETER LOBO, Correspondent
This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.

WALTHAM, MA - On May 31st, Waltham’s 911 Center received numerous calls for a porch fire at 5 Rock Lane. Engines 2 and 7, Rescue 1 and Tower 1 were dispatched. Engine 4 was assigned as the RIT and Medic 1 also responded.

Captain Mike Crane of Tower 1 arrived with heavy fire on a large deck. He requested a working fire. Squad 5 then responded. Firefighters checked the house for extension but found none. The fire was knocked down in about 30 minutes. About five tires were on fire under the deck.

It was determined spontaneous combustion from oily rags caused the fire.

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