Saturday, February 9, 2013
All occupants accounted for after explosion
The Needham Fire Department responded to an explosion in the basement of 132 Fairfield Road, which caused some structural damage. All of the occupants have been accounted for. Scanners picked up the incident at about 1:15 p.m. The building inspector has been requested.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Some of the most-read stories on Needham Patch in 2012: Shuttered spas stung by prostitution bust, a fire on South Street, and a case re-opens.
Throughout the year, Police and Fire Departments performs a variety of services: traffic enforcement, fire fighting, arrests, some working with families who have lost someone. In 2012, the Needham Police and Fire Departments dealt with those incidents and more this year. Here are some of the most-read: Do you agree with this list? Disagree? What did you think were the top stories this year?
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Needham Police and Fire responded to the building Wednesday evening.
Employees at the Coca-Cola plant in Needham Heights were evacuated Wednesday evening after there was an ammonia leak in the building's compressor room. Needham Police and Fire responded to a call at the plant, located at 9 B St., at around 6:55 p.m. on Oct. 31. A HAZMAT team and the Needham Board of Health were also called in. All employees at the plant were evacuated as a precaution. "After conducting several tests of the building, the HAZMAT team determined there were no traces of ammonia in the air, and all employees were then allowed to return," Needham Police Lt. Chris Baker said in an email.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Trees into houses, blown transformers and downed wires were among the calls local emergency crews responded to on Monday.
[UPDATE, Tuesday, 5:30 a.m.] The number of local homes without power as of early Tuesday morning was down to about 1,097, or 9 percent of the NSTAR customer base in Needham, according to the company's Outage Map. About 23 percent of NSTAR customers in Needham—about 2,814 households— were without power as of 9 p.m. Monday evening, as Hurricane Sandy continued to pound the region with strong winds and rain. That number had been steadily climbing since about 2 p.m., as tree limbs and, in some cases, entire trees, came down on homes and power lines around town—causing transformers to blow in several locations, according to Needham Fire Chief Paul Buckley. By about 7 p.m., Needham Police and Fire had received more than 100 calls related to the …
Friday, October 12, 2012
The building housing Restaurant Depot has reportedly been evacuated for safety reasons.
Needham Police and Fire are reportedly responding to the scene of a struck gas line at Restaurant Depot at 114 First Ave. The incident occurred on Friday, Oct. 12 shortly before 6 p.m. According to early reports, the building has been evacuated and officials are attempting to shut down the flow of gas. Needham Patch will have more on this incident as information becomes available.
Friday, October 5, 2012
The quick reactions of two Needham firefighters and a police officer may have prevented an incident from turning tragic.
A Needham toddler who began choking on a doughnut last week received some life-saving assistance from a couple of Needham firefighters and a police officer after they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Needham Firefighters Gerard Hopkins and Dave Duffy were working detail along with Needham Police Officer Jim Benedict at the site of a building demolition on Deerfield Road last Wednesday, Sept. 26, when a little girl that was playing with other children nearby began choking. “All of a sudden we heard some guy screaming, ‘Help! Help my daughter!’ We looked over and she appeared to be choking,” Hopkins said. Duffy reached the girl first and together with Hopkins tried to help her dislodge the piece of doughnut she had …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The woman also backed her vehicle into nearby parked cars, pushing one car into a fence.
[Updated at 3:30 p.m. with charges.] Employees at a Dedham Avenue office building were evacuated around 10 a.m. Thursday morning, Oct. 4 after an elderly driver crashed her car into the building’s gas meter, causing natural gas from the high-pressured line to pour out. The driver, who was in her early 90s, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and no one else was injured in the incident, according to Needham Fire Chief Paul Buckley. The roadway outside 60 Dedham Ave., where the gas line was struck, was blocked to traffic for about an hour, and people in a block of office buildings along Great Plain Avenue, residents at nearby homes and two churches that house preschools were also evacuated as a precaution …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Needham Fire Department responded to an incident at a Crescent Road business on Wednesday afternoon.
An employee at a laboratory on Crescent Road in Needham was injured Wednesday afternoon when a chemical reaction caused a small explosion in the building. Needham Fire Department was called to Microwave Development Laboratories (MDL), 135 Crescent Rd., for the report of an explosion at around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. According to the company website, MDL manufactures and assembles components for standard microwaves, such as microwave filters, rotary switches and other parts. The site features a foundry, dip brazing shop and paint shop. When firefighters arrived at the business, they found that the injured employee had already been taken to the hospital by a co-worker and that other employees had managed to put out the flames with a …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The building was estimated to be a 'total loss' after flames and smoke filled three floors.
A South Street resident and his dogs made it safely out of their home Wednesday afternoon after a fire broke out in the kitchen. The man was cooking in the home's first-floor kitchen at around 2:30 p.m. when the fire broke out. He ran outside to flag down a passing car so he could borrow the driver’s cell phone and call 9-1-1, Needham Fire Deputy Chief Donald Anastasi said. Meanwhile, a neighbor had noticed flames at the window and also called it in. “When we pulled up, the back corner of the kitchen was fully engulfed in flames, extending out the window to the second and third floor,” Anastasi said. “The guys did a good job and put the fire out quickly, but there was extensive damage to the home.” Anastasi estimated the home, located at …
Second alarm struck at just after 2:30 p.m.
Update: Newton Fire Department tweeted it is among the area units sending help to battle the South Street blaze. Needham Fire Department is responding to a box alarm for a house fire at 1079 South St., according to a scanner report posted today at 2:28 p.m. According to the alert, police are reporting "heavy fire," with a second alarm struck at just after 2:30 p.m. Needham Patch will have more on the incident as information is available.