Wednesday, October 24, 2012
An investigation of a three-alarm fire which destroyed a Winchester home in May said there isn't enough evidence to support the fire was intentionally set.
The cause of a three-alarm fire at a Copley Street home in May was concluded to be "undetermined" by the State Fire Marshal. "The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has determined that there is insufficient evidence that the fire at this address was intentionally set," said the district attorney spokeswoman, Stephanie Chelf Guyotte. Fire investigators said in a June report the fire was started on the front porch close to the front doors, which remained intact and closed. He said an aged, dry holiday wreath on the porch caused sufficient fuel to ignite the siding of the house and surrounding surfaces. These combined combustible materials made it easy for the fire to reach a heat level to climb the porch ceiling and then spread along the …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
A Copley Street house was destroyed on May 18 by a three-alarm fire.
Updated: 8:20 a.m. Officials confirmed the three-alarm fire that engulfed a Copley Street home May 18 was arson. Reports show the fire was set on the front porch of the $1 million plus house, according to 7News. Jim Covino and his two daughters were awoken by the smoke detectors and escaped without any injuries, according to Fox 25 News. He told firefighters on scene he originally thought the alarm was false, but once he smelled the smoke and saw the fire coming from the front doors, that's when he retrieved his 9- and 13-year-old girls. Firefighters from the Arlington, Stoneham, Winchester and Woburn departments responded to the call at 5:19 a.m. and battled the blaze for an hour and a half before it was put down. “There was an aggressive…
Friday, May 18, 2012
The entire front of an old home caught fire early this morning.
Winchester firefighters battled the flames three-alarm fire at 2 Copley Street this morning. Initial calls came in a 5:19 a.m. Neighbors claim to have heard shouting and drivers hitting their car horns to draw attention to the fire while the response teams where on their way. “There was a heavy volume of flames in the front of the house on the first two floors,” Winchester Fire Chief John Nash said. “No one was injured, the man and his two daughters self evacuated.” Trucks from Stoneham, Woburn, Winchester and Arlington responded to the call. Firefighters battled the blaze for an hour and a half before it was put down. “There was an aggressive interior fight which prevented damage to the new addition to the house. The part that burned is…
No reports of injuries in large house fire.
Winchester firefighters are on the scene of a three-alarm fire on Copley Street this morning. Unofficial reports say there are no reports of injuries. Winchester Patch will bring you more information as it becomes available.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
No official cause on Henry Street fire, but officials say it could be ruled electrical.
A house at 49 Henry St. caught fire just after 2 p.m. on Thursday causing an estimated $100,000 in damage. Captain David Dalton said at the moment, it would be ruled an electrical fire. “We think it had to do with a laptop, either a battery overheating or something like that,” Dalton said. “From there, it ignited a sofa and some carpeting in the back end of the family room.” Firefighters were able to put the fire down within five to 10 minutes. A neighbor claimed to have heard an explosion with flames jutting out of the corner facing their house. “The neighbor may have heard the glass shatter from a window, but there is no evidence of an explosion,” Dalton said. No one was injured and most of the damages were caused by heat and smoke.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
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Local landscapers, who rely on plowing to help them get through the winter months, have been struggling this year as Winchester has barely received 11 inches of snow. Thomas Mortimer’s attorney, Denise Regan, requested the courtroom be cleared and the information in Friday’s motion hearing be impounded. The Winchester Fire Department responded to an Arlington Street home to extinguish a fire. A faulty gas heater, according to Fire Chief John Nash, started the blaze. The house suffered approximately $150,000 worth of damage. Winchester Fire Capt. John Surabian won tickets to the Super Bowl. Winchester may not have to face an override vote after all. According to Town Manager Richard Howard, the state recently announced that Chapter 70 funds…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The house suffered approximately $150,000 worth of damage.
While working at the Winchester Country Club, a couple of workers noticed smoke coming out of the roof of an Arlington Street home. According to Winchester Fire Chief John Nash, the men informed the homeowners – Christie and Gerry Regan – of a possible fire. “It was first discovered by country club workers,” Nash said. “They saw the smoke from the roof, knocked on the door of the occupants and called 9-1-1.” Nash said that the fire originated in the attic and was caused by a gas heater in a crawl space. “The fire was burning along the roof line,” Nash said. “We had to do excessive work, cut holes in the roof and pull out ceilings in order to access the fire.” According to Nash, the house suffered approximately $150,000 worth of damage. The…
Saturday, January 21, 2012
The following information was supplied by the Winchester Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 3:48 p.m. – After parking their pickup truck in the driveway, a Swanton Street couple returned a few minutes later to see their vehicle engulfed in flames. The woman told police that the car was driving fine and she didn’t know why it caught fire. According to the Winchester Fire Captain, Richard Tustin, the car was too badly damaged to find out what caused the fire. He said that it was an “undetermined fire,” and he cannot tell if foul play was involved. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6 a.m. – A Lynn man was driving along Highland Avenue when a deer ran in front of his car. The man hit the deer. He was uninjured.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
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Two Winchester men were arrested for possession of drugs. Inaldo Oquendo, 20 and Timothy Loftman, 30, of 336 Cambridge Street were arrested and charged with possession of a Class A, B and D substances with intent to distribute. Lynch parents have the option to transfer their children to another school within the district. Parents will not need to make a decision on school choice until December 22, according to Assistant Superintendent Richard Robbat. The Winchester Fire Department arrived at 12 Grant Road to extinguish a Thanksgiving Day fire. Get in Shape for Women is hosting a Toys for Tots drive. Unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the Main St. location to be distributed to needy children during the holidays. But the drive doesn’t end …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
There was a basement fire at a Grant Road residence.
While most families were getting ready for Thanksgiving dinner, one Grant Road couple had the Winchester Fire Department at their door. The Winchester Fire Department arrived at 12 Grant Road to extinguish a fire. According to the fire report, firefighters were called to the home on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 1:11 p.m. According to Winchester Police, upon arrival, there was “smoke billowing out of the front door.” According to the WFD, the fire began in a finished basement and then extended to the first floor. The fire moved to the first floor as the laundry shute caught fire, but it was mostly contained to the basement and one of the bathrooms, the report said. The two residents of the home were outside. There no injuries reported. According to…