Seven-alarm fire on Calvin St.

On July 25, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

~Photos by Teresa Hohenstein

~Photos by Teresa Hohenstein

A fire broke out around 6 a.m. this morning in the back of one home on Calvin Street . Six homes were damaged by the fire , 2 of the homes are a total loss.

Up to 50 people were displaced by the fire. Fire is under investigation.

American Red Cross volunteers have been on scene.  Somerville Police helped secure the location at the Albert Argenziano School on Washington Street for the Red Cross. Somerville School Food Services are preparing a lunch of Sunny’s Pizza for  guests. Red Cross  are currently assessing the needs of residents on site, and more will be known shortly about what services we will provide.  The fire affected 15-29 Calvin Street and 22 and 24 Beacon Place for a total of 6 buildings, 17 units.

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6 Responses to “Seven-alarm fire on Calvin St.”

  1. ritepride says:

    This was a devastating fire that grew and spread in a congested neighborhood. Somerville City Officials should not allow new residential construction to be built closely adjacent to existing buildings as they now do. They need to stop these development plans for residential construction. The mayor needs to end his cozy relationship with developers and be more concerned for the citizens.

    City services and personnel have been reduced over the years, thus straining existing personnel needed to accomplish daily tasks. The Board of Aldermen need to place an immediate moratorium on new residential construction. .

  2. Bob says:

    @ritepride: these were old triple dockers built close together before modern zoning rules. This has nothing to do with new residential housing, which is arguably safer given strict fire codes.

  3. Steve Keenan says:

    The public safety personnel who battled this inferno are the best. Keep on keeping on. Nobody does it better than you.

  4. Whoa! That is one terrifying blaze. Poor residents. Hope they can recover from the incident. Just glad though that there were no injuries. That is the most important thing.

  5. ritepride says:

    Yeh Bob, strict codes?? The guy livin down across from Maxwell Grn wrote in this paper that the plans showed the building set back from the street across from him with some lawn between the bldg & sidewalk…..He said the wall of the bldg is built right against the sidewalk thus putting the structure closer to his home…so much for codes…but if the guy built something closer on his property the city would be hanging him n tearing it down….Ah Somerville…the envelope puhleeeez. Hasnt changed.

  6. PixiePocahontas says:

    Hey rite,

    Do you know where I can get one of those stuffed envelopes? I’d like one filled with Benjamin’s so I can start saving for my next tax hike. You know that city loan for all these projects, circus clown shows and bike highways must be getting bigger. By the time they are done, we’ll have our very own trillion dollar deficits. But at least the train will be pulling into the station. I wonder what glory Lechmere visitors will bring?

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