Thursday, February 14, 2013
After receiving over two-feet of snow, firefighters tell us how much snow you should remove from your area fire hydrant.
Welcome to You Ask... Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions about clearing neighborhood fire hydrants to help fire departments. But how much of the hydrant should we clear? How many feet around the hydrant will help the firefighters? Here is your answer: According to Andover Fire Chief Michael Mansfield, fire departments need about 18 inches of snow cleared away from the hydrant on all sides as well as a shovel's-width path to the fire hydrant. Also, the nut on top of the hydrant must be clear, as firefighters need to use it to turn it on. With roughly 2,400 fire hydrants throughout the town Mansfield said there are plenty that are still covered from last weekend's blizzard. "When residents can …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Andover Fire Chief said that an electrical malfunction in the basement of a Fosters Pond Road caused a fire Friday morning.
Andover Firefighters made short work of a fire on Fosters Pond Road on Friday morning and had the blaze extinquished within a half hour. Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in the basement. Mansfield said the winter months pay a particular toll on a home's utilities and the extreme cold weather can push an electrical system to a point where a section of the system breaks down and causes a fire. However, he said the family, a husband, wife, two children (11,6) and a guinea pig, acted quickly and got out of the house at the first sense of fire. "Because of their actions and alertness, they saved a lot," said Mansfield. Mansfield said the home would be uninhabitable for an extended period of time…
Monday, November 19, 2012
Firefighters battled a blaze that began in a lower apartment unit in a building on Crescent Drive shortly before midnight on Sunday.
Andover fire officials say that 11 apartments in a building on Crescent Drive will be uninhabitable for at least two weeks due to a fire late Sunday night. Deputy Fire Chief Al DelDotto said that firefighters responded to the Crescent Drive fire at approximately 11:38 p.m. Sunday night. Upon arrival, firefighters saw flames coming from one lower apartment in the 12-unit apartment building. DelDotto said the fire was under control within a half-hour. Firefighters, led by Deputy Chief Kevin Conners, also saved two individuals from the building that could not escape on their own; one through a balcony with a ladder and the other was carried from a second floor apartment downstairs to the exit. The Red Cross responded to the scene, according …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Andover firefighters made an "aggressive attack" on a Hampton Road house fire Saturday night and fought the blaze from inside the home.
The Andover Fire Department responded to a one-alarm house fire at 9 Hampton Road at around 10 p.m. Saturday night. Andover Fire Deputy Cheif Al Deldotto said fire crews contained the basement fire in roughly a half hour after arriving at the scene. The home was occupied at the time of the fire but the occupants, which included a husband, wife, daughter and dog, were able to safey exit the home without injury. They are currently staying with neighbors. Deldotto said firefighters made an "aggressive interior attack" with multiple hoses when first arriving at the home and were able to contain the fire to the basement. The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it is believed to be accidental. The home sustained fire and smoke …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The Red Cross reported that they are assisting the family that has been left homeless after a basement fire Friday night.
The cause of a fire that started in the basement of a Lovejoy Road road home is still under investigation but, in the meantime, the Red Cross is helping out the family displaced by the fire. The Red Cross reported that they are assisting the family of five that was left temperoarily homeless after their 3 Lovejoy Road home caught fire Friday at around 5:45 p.m. Nobody was injured in the fire. Volunteers from the Red Cross responded to the scene of the fire Friday night to begin helping the family, which includes a newborn baby. The Red Cross will be assisting with providing shelter as well as providing emergency funds for food and a portable crib for the baby. The fire was contained in roughly a half hour and the house sustained smoke …
Saturday, October 20, 2012
The Fire Chief would not comment on the cause of a basement fire on Haverhill Street Friday afternoon.
Firefighters responded to a basement fire on Haverhill Street within 4 minutes of the initial call but the age of the home made the blaze more challenging to fight. Fire Chief Michael Mansfield said that the initial call came in at 11:52 a.m. for a basement fire at a single-family home on Haverhill Street. The female occupant of the home, along with her two children and one she was sitting, were able to get out of the house safely. Firefighters first came to heavy smoke and fire in the basement floor. Unfortunately, Mansfield said the old home’s exterior walls did not have any inherent fire-stopping qualities, as modern homes all have. Therefore, the fire had spread to sections of the first floor and a small section of the second floor. …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Andover emergency and fire crews responded to a basement fire around noon on Friday.
Andover firefighters used several hose lines to fight a basement fire at a single family home at 84 Haverhill Street Friday afternoon. Fire officials said the fire began in the basement and spread to parts of the second floor and a small part of the third floor. Haverhill Street was closed down for over an hour in order to safely fight the blaze. No one was reported injured in the blaze. At approximately 1:30 p.m. firefighters were still on the scene making sure the fire was not still smoldering inside the walls of the older home. Check back with Andover Patch later on today for updates.
Friday, September 14, 2012
Andover firefighters extinguished a truck fire Friday afternoon. Nobody was injured in the blaze.
A fuel leak in a pick-up truck quickly escalated into a fully-involved truck fire while the vehicle was heading to Interstate 93 northbound from Interstate 495 northbound. Deputy Chief James Dolan said the fire department first arrived on scene around 11:45 a.m. Friday morning. Dolan said the pick-up truck, towing a trailer, was occupied by two men when the truck caught fire from a fuel leak in the diesel truck's plastic gas tank. Firefighters closed down the ramp for 45 minutes in order to extinguish the fire and contain the spilled diesel fuel. Using dikes, the fire staff was able to prevent the fuel from leaking into drainage basins and contaminating the groundwater. Dolan said they were able to deal with incident without any assistance…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
A fire on Cheyenne Circle ripped through a second floor bedroom and into the attic of a home that's valued at roughly $830,000.
Andover fire crews and emergency personnel from five other communities helped extinguish a fire at Cheyenne Circle Thursday afternoon. Police Chief Michael Mansfield estimated that the fire may have caused up to $200,000 in damage to the home, which is valued at $834,900.
An Andover fire crew came back Friday morning to extinguish some insulation that was still smoldering.
Despite two efforts by the homeowner to extinguish it, a fire tore through a Cheyenne Circle home Thursday afternoon. However, no people or pets were injured the two alarm house fire. Fire crews went back to the house Friday morning to extinquish some insulation that was smoldering. Police chief Michael Mansfield said that the cause of the fire is under investigation and that Andover Fire, Police and State Fire Marshals Office are all looking into the structure fire. Mansfield said that the fire was called in at 3:22 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. A father, three kids and two dogs were home at the time. The fire reportedly started in a second floor back bedroom and spread to the attic. For more photos, visit our photo gallery of the …