Quincy: Two-Alarm Blaze Causes $400,000 in Damages, Injures Two Firefighters

A two alarm blaze in Quincy kept firefighters busy over the weekend. Fire broke out at 32 Bessie Street, a four family home, at 3:52pm Saturday. According to Deputy Fire Chief Paul Griffith, it did take long before the working fire went to a second alarm.

“It started out on a back porch in a trash barrel, careless disposal of cigarettes,” said Griffith. “It spread up the back of the house and into the attic before anyone knew about it.

At one point the second floor began to collapse, forcing fire crews to evacuate the dwelling.

“At one point that had to pull all of the firefighters out of the house because there was so much fire and the roof was starting to collapse, ” Griffith explained. “We went to exterior operations and then after that the heavy fire was knocked down, they went back in to finish cleaning up.”

Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries. Griffith says the damage to the building is forcing the residents to seek alternative housing.

“Everyone is displaced out of the house, Griffith said. “The Red Cross is taking care of some of them, some of them went to live with family and friends.”

The damage to the dwelling was estimated at $400,000. A nearby home also sustained heat damage from the blaze.

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About Kevin Tocci

Kevin Tocci is a Brockton area reporter, news anchor and host of Monday Night Talk which airs on Monday nights at 6:15 p.m. on 95.9FM WATD.