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UPDATE: All Safe After Large Fire on Orchard Street

Firefighters knocked down a two-alarm fire Sunday afternoon.

All occupants - incuding pets - are accounted for after a two-alarm fire consumed the front of a 2.5-story home at 67 Orchard St. early Sunday evening. 

Calls for the fire, which came in just before 5:30 p.m., brought mutual aid from Revere, Medford and Everett fire departments. 

The fire was declared knocked down about 45 minutes later, at 6:15 p.m. 

Several witnesses reported hearing 3 or more explosions related to the fire, though their origin was not immediately clear. Firefighters were later commanded to evacuate the building due to concerns about the structure's stability. 

The damage wasn't limited to just 67 Orchard - the siding on some of their neighbor's homes appeared to be melting and falling off of the exterior. 

James Labbe, captain of the local Salvation Army chapter, said he spoke to the victims. 

"They were very stressed and upset, but with the assistance of the Deputy (Fire Chief) we were able to determine that they had a place to go to and at this point in time needed no assistance," he said. 

According to a friend of the family, only one resident was home at the time of the incident. 

RootBeerFloat July 17, 2012 at 03:17 AM
The MFD always has done a great job. I hate to say this, but they are at a high risk with lack of staffing and additional departments, so it is not just the residents we have to continue to worry about. I do remember the other left, but if I was to vent as much as I would like I could type for days. Malden, was once the most beautiful place to live, now people run from there and can'tsell their houses fast enough.
Roger S July 17, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Good job MFD.
Joe Gray July 17, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Just got off the phone with the mayor's office. Starting some new registry to alert local businesses of catastrophic or similar events in the area that should be made known to local businesses. sounds like a good plan. I don't know anything about it yet, but I'm glad they called to include me.
Don July 17, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Why doesn't Malden build a cheap fire station. Like temporary quonset huts to house the equipment? This seems like a good stopgap measure to protect the Maplewood area better. The firefighters need to be taken care of, so this needs comforts and any thing necessary. I wouldn't want to place them in an uncomfortable "tent", but protection is needed. This would only be for a year or so until our leaders get it together. Can they?
Bill M July 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Yes they can...They should...and put a trailer for them to stay in right next to the hut . Excellent idea.

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