Brockton: Firefighters Battle 5-Alarm Blaze, Frigid Temperatures

Fire crews and equipment from as many as six communities helped to contain a five-alarm blaze that broke out in Brockton. 

Brockton Fire responded Saturday at 3:20 p.m. to report of a working fire at a former woodworking shop at 1 Brockton Ave. Fire Chief Mike Williams says the property, which is now owned by a construction company, had large quantity of material at the site.  

“It’s still being operated as a wood working site by New Heights Construction, there was quite a bit of wood in there,” said Williams. “I was told that the owner of the business was actually working on product for a house he was building of his own.”

Fire officials were forced to close off a portion of Center Street by the Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital so crews could tackle the blaze.

As the fire grew in intensity and more manpower was needed, mutual aid was called in. Brockton was assisted at the scene by Abington, Easton, Holbrook, Stoughton, West Bridgewater and Whitman, while Randolph and Avon provided station coverage during the incident. 

Containing the fast move fire was an obvious priority, but according to Williams, the frigid temperatures were also a constant concern. 

“I checked the temperatures several times during the fire and it was hovering around 16 and 17 degrees. In situations like that, you have to worry about the freezing of the water that we have to use on a fire like this. The biggest concern is safety of the all of the personnel working on the scene as slips and falls tend to happen quite a bit,” Williams explained.

Mayor Bill Carpenter, who also spent the afternoon at the fire, says it’s important to be supportive of the business that was operating at the former site of Beaver Woodworking, a landmark business for many years in the city.

“This will be a devastating loss for them with their computers, records, check books, all of the things I’m sure are destroyed and lost in the fire,” Carpenter said. “But I think that fortunately, the fact that there were no injuries or no casualties, that’s certainly good news.”

It took crews nearly five hours to knock down the flames. Fire crews remained on the scene overnight to monitor the scene for hot spots. The cause of the fire is not known and under investigation. 

Fire crews on scene at 1 Brockton Ave, battling what eventually became a 5-alarm blaze. Photo courtesy of the Brockton Emergency Management Agency.

Fire crews on scene at 1 Brockton Ave in Brockton, as they battle what eventually became a 5-alarm blaze. Photo courtesy of the Brockton Emergency Management Agency.



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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.