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February 13, 2015
Giant Toxic Cloud Hangs Over Spanish Town After Explosion
BBC.com - A massive orange cloud forced tens of thousands of people inside after an accident at a Spanish chemical factory. Three people were injured when products at a factory in the town of Igualda in north east Spain became mixed on Thursday. More than 60,000 people in Igualda and four nearby towns were told to stay indoors with the windows shut. Footage from locals captures the cloud, which included nitric acid and ferric chloride, causing the cloud's bright colour. read more...
Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan chats with Governor Charlie Baker at right, while Angus "Terry" Dun and Shelburne Control supervisor Butch Garrity talk to Lt. Governor Karen Polito at Hanscom Air Force Base Wednesday. The three are members of the Northwestern Mass. Incident Management Team, which was called in by MEMA to help remove snow from the Boston area | Photo by Massachusetts State Police Colonel Tim Alben
The snow must go on... lots of trucks
February 13, 2015 | By DAVID RAINVILLE | Recorder Staff
Recorder.com | GREENFIELD - The local fire chief, along with emergency responders from across western Massachusetts, have packed their bags and headed east to help the Boston area get rid of the snow that’s buried it this month. While recent storms have dumped about 2 feet of snow on Franklin County, Boston and nearby communities have gotten more than 6 feet. The Northwestern Mass. Incident Management Team was asked by the state to help coordinate the multi-state assistance. They’ve been dispatching dozens of trucks and heavy equipment from a staging area in the MassPort side of Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. While the snow in Franklin County has been inconvenient for many, the snowfall in Boston has been incapacitating, even shutting down the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority’s train and bus service. “(In Shelburne) it snowed about 4 1/ 2 inches Saturday night into Sunday, and my son (in Boston) told me they had a fresh 31 inches of snow when it finished,” said Angus “Terry” Dun, deputy leader of the Northwestern Mass. Incident Management Team. read more...
Fatal apartment fire in Palmer caused by candle; victim identified as 53-year-old resident
February 13, 2015 at 2:11 PM | By Patrick Johnson | email@example.com | Follow on Twitter
MassLIVE.com | PALMER - The fire that killed a 53-year old woman and displaced 33 residents from 20-unit apartment at 1047 Pleasant St. was started by a candle in the basement apartment of the woman who died, according to officials. In a joint statement issued by Hampden County District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni, state Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Palmer Fire Chief Alan J. Roy, and Police Chief John J. Janulewicz, the deceased was identified as Christine Grinaski, a resident of 1047 Pleasant St. Grinaski, who lived in a basement studio apartment, never made it outside after being overcome by smoke, according to the statement. read more...
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1 KILLED, 3 HOSPITALIZED IN PALMER AS FIRE STRIKES PLEASANT ST BUILDING
MassLIVE.com | By Conor Berry | firstname.lastname@example.org
Palmer, MA - One person was killed and three others were hospitalized after a fire broke out late Monday afternoon at a three-story apartment building on Pleasant Street. read more...
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Amid heroic rescue in Revere fire, a family’s loss
BostonGlobe.com | REVERE, MA - When the call came in before dawn Friday for a house fire on Reservoir Avenue, the dispatcher did not give the address of Chris Bright’s childhood home.
But something told the deputy fire chief that it was his family’s longtime residence that was being consumed by flames.
“I kind of had a feeling it was going to be 79 [Reservoir]. I don’t know why. I just had a bad feeling,” Bright recalled.
Bright knew where to find his two uncles who shared the family home, but he was unable to reach both of them in time. Bright rescued his uncle Bobby Toomey. His uncle Dennis Toomey was later found dead amid the burned rubble.
Revere Fire Chief Gene Doherty said firefighters were hampered in battling the blaze because nearby fire hydrants were either frozen or unreachable.
One hydrant near 183 Reservoir Ave. was blocked by a truck, and another nearby had been buried in snow from a plow, he said. Two other hydrants, one located on Reservoir Avenue and the other at a nearby intersection, had frozen in the predawn chill, Doherty said.
Firefighters were forced to draw water from a hydrant located about a quarter of a mile away, he said. Doherty said he did not believe the inability to use closer hydrants caused the death but said it made it more difficult for firefighters to control the blaze. read more...
Northampton fire department receives bacteria-killing equipment
MASSLive.com | By Fred Contrada | Photo Dave Roback - Northampton Fire Department has received three ultra-violet light emitters that can be used to sanitize ambulances, fire apparatus, office areas and other spaces.
This light-weight equipment kills bacteria, virus and mold. It can be operated by remote control for safety. According to fire officials, staphylococcus, a common cause of food poisoning, occurs in fire stations. The antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can cause severe infections and is associated with approximately 19,000 deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. read more...
Researchers Develop ‘Trauma Foam’ to Combat Internal Bleeding
BostonMagazine - The new technology may be able to extend life up to three hours. As a trauma surgeon and veteran of two wars, David King has seen his fair share of fatal injuries. But none have been more devastating than those he could have prevented. read more...
'I was like a ghost': Man recalls years awake but trapped in unresponsive body
TODAY.com - Born in South Africa in 1975, Martin Pistorius suddenly began to succumb to a mysterious illness when he was 12. After going home from school with a sore throat one day, he stopped eating, started sleeping almost constantly, and stopped communicating. He gradually began to lose control of his body. He was treated for both cryptococcal meningitis and tuberculosis of the brain — but no one really knew what was wrong. Doctors told his parents he was left with the mind of a baby and that they should take him home to die. But he lived on. Pistorius left the hospital but spent more than a decade at home and in day care centers unable to move or speak. His family was told he was unaware of the world around him, but he says he actually began to wake up a couple of years after he became ill. read more...
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TransAsia plane had engine trouble before crash; death toll rises to 40
CNN.com - The death toll from a TransAsia Airways plane crash rose to 40 on Saturday, authorities said, as details emerged that both engines lost power. Flight GE235 crashed into a river in Taiwan's capital, Taipei, shortly after takeoff Wednesday with 58 people on board.
Three others remain unaccounted for, while 15 people survived, authorities said. As crews search for the missing, more revelations emerged on what led to the tragedy. Pilots grappled with engine problems before the plane clipped a bridge and plunged into a river, Taiwan's aviation safety agency said. During the crisis in the cockpit, the pilots received a series of alerts, starting with an alarm related to one of the engines and followed by five stall warnings as the plane lost thrust. read more...
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Here we go again, up to a foot+ expected through Tuesday
Light snow today will give way to heavier snow tonight into Monday night, when travel will become difficult due to low visibility and snow covered roads.
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