Douglas, MA (Worcester County) – A 2 story barn was destroyed at 76 North Street on April 11, 2012 around 10:00am. Firefighters from the Douglas Fire Department arrived to find this storage barn well involved with a 2 story occupied home as a severe exposure threat. The dwelling was about 15’ away from the barn.
Chief Kent Vinson ordered a second alarm on his arrival due to the rapidly deteriorating conditions. A LDH hydrant line was laid from Prentice Court up to the scene. The hydrant ended up being defective and was leaking water from its base. Water supply was now in a extreme demand as the house’s vinyl siding was starting to curl and melt.
Two hand lines from Douglas Engine 1 were stretched up to the scene to protect the dwelling from becoming involved in fire. Douglas Ladder 1, a
1500/500 quint, also set up in the driveway and used hand lines and it’s aerial to set up a water curtain to protect the dwelling. Douglas Engine 2 arrived and stretched in from North Woods Drive and used it’s 2500-gallon tank water to assist in fire suppression.
Second alarm companies arrived to help set up water supply shuttles, manpower to help check for any extension to the dwelling, and several other hand lines. Tankers from several communities also were requested when the OIC struck the 3rd alarm. The barn started to collapse within 15 minutes of the first due’s arrival.
The wind also helped keep the dwelling from getting involved. It was blowing from across the house and over the barn to an open field keeping the embers from falling on the roof.
Webster EMS provided rehab and the Special Signal Association passed out refreshments. The fire is under investigation by the local and state marshal’s offices.