Fire at Orchard Cove displaces 12 residents

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No injuries were reported, but a stovetop kitchen fire within an Orchard Cove residential unit caused an estimated $150,000 in damages and initially displaced 12 residents on Saturday, April 15. Orchard Cove reported to the Fire Department on Tuesday that 10 units were reoccupied the day after the fire and two residents were still displaced. One resident was due to reoccupy a unit on Wednesday, April 19. Orchard Cove estimates that cleanup and renovations could take several weeks.

The fire was reported at 6:08 p.m. Firefighters found the fire within one of the units and evacuated residents on the floor. The fire was contained to the single unit, but nine other units suffered water damage. Twelve Canton firefighters responded to the fire, including Chief Doody. Norwood and Stoughton firefighters covered both Canton stations. Firefighters remained on scene at Orchard Cove until 8:46 p.m.

Brush fire in the woods off Cape Cod Circle (Photo courtesy of Joshua Richards)

Brush fire in the woods off Cape Cod Circle (Photo courtesy of Joshua Richards)

In other calls this week, firefighters responded to brush and mulch fires on Bailey Court, Cape Cod Circle, Legion Street, and Jackson Street at the train station. Firefighters were also called to a carbon monoxide alarm on Iris Court off Route 138; a light smoke condition in a mechanics room at a commercial building at 955 Turnpike Street; and a fully involved car fire at the intersection of I-93 and I-95 South.

Area fire chiefs meet with congressmen

On April 5-6, 13 chiefs from Norfolk County, including Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody met with Congressmen Joe Kennedy and Stephen Lynch to discuss national issues that impact local firefighters.

The group asked both congressmen to maintain the Assistance to Firefighters Grant that is due to expire January 1, 2018, and both congressmen agreed to push for its reauthorization. With this grant, Canton has purchased over $300,000 worth of equipment over the past 10 years, including self-contained breathing apparatus, turnout gear, and technical rescue equipment.

Online Washington/Randolph St. traffic poll reopened

Town Planner Laura Smead has reposted the traffic survey concerning the intersection of Washington and Randolph streets — the subject of a public information meeting last week. The survey can be found at tinyurl.com/IntersectionSurvey. Smead said the poll will remain open until further notice. “I expect we’ll leave it open until about a week before our next public meeting on existing conditions, which will be scheduled in June (exact details to be determined),” she said.

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