Amid Nor’easter, MA Firefighters Battle Two Major Fires

Alisha Saint-Ciel

The Enterprise, Brockton, Mass.

(MCT)

Oct. 28—BROCKTON — Nearly 30 people were displaced in a pair of early morning fires in the city Wednesday, Fire Chief Brian Nardelli said.

Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at 312 N. Main St. amid a nor’easter that brought heavy winds and rain, leaving 27 people displaced.

Two people were also displaced in a fire on Pine Street.

The 40-mph winds and 55-mph gusts from the nor’easter hampered efforts to tackle the blazes.

“We’re lucky we didn’t lose the neighborhood last night because of the wind, but extraordinary efforts from the members of the Brockton Fire Department were able to make sure that didn’t happen,” Nardelli said of the North Main Street blaze.

Sparks flew through the air with a potential to spread the flames to nearby homes and other structures, Nardelli said.

“We had major ember issues coming off the building going towards the rest of the neighborhood,” Nardelli said.

The two locations received significant damage from the fire. The building at 312 Main St. will have to be torn down due to the extensive fire damage, Nardelli said.

The Red Cross is assisting the families.

The second fire on Pine Street was possibly due to a transformer issue and a primary line coming off a pole and setting the house on fire, he said.

The two occupants were not home at the time of the blaze.

“Due to the fact we don’t have one piece of apparatus in the firehouse right now because of all the calls going on in the city, this will probably last all day,” Nardelli said.

“The volume of calls has been extraordinary between car accidents, poles, wires and two major fires,” Nardelli said.

“This depletes your resources very quickly,” Nardelli said.

Nonetheless, firefighters were able to control and put out the fires in both locations.

“Extraordinary efforts in Brockton last night,” he said.

“Men and women were up all night on calls dealing with the storms and dealing with two major fires towards the end of their shifts,” he said.

Enterprise staff reporter Alisha Saint-Ciel can be reached by email at stciela@gannett.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @alishaspeakss. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Enterprise today.

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