Friday, April 16, 2010 Fall River, Massachusetts

Mill Destroyed Followed By Fall River Arson Spree

Shortly after 22:00 on Friday evening Fall River Fire alarm dispatched a "Still Alarm" to 420 Quequechan Street "The Wampanoag Mill Grill" for a reported Odor of rubber burning. Car two arrived and reported fire showing from the rear of the building, moments later he reported the former Parker Candy Company fully involved. A defensive operation was put underway as heavy fire burned throughout the first floor of the two story granite mill type structure. Firefighters setup on all sides to protect the large multiple story mill type buildings which surround the building which was burning now thru the roof. Members chased pockets of fire into the next day when a wrecking company arrived to level the heavily damaged building. The vacant Parker Candy Mill Building was one of the sites of a four hour arson spree which plagued the city of Fall River in the early morning hours of June 29, 2008, the man responsible was arrested and charged with numerous counts of arson. At approximately 17:00 on Saturday evening as the final fire companies were clearing the fire scene another still alarm was reported at 5500 North Main Street with police on scene reporting "Smoke Showing." Engine 12 arrived and went to work with a fire in a floor one apartment at the four winds apartment complex. The fire was quickly knocked down with no injuries reported.

A week later On April 24, 2010 around 08:00pm crews were dispatched out to a "Still Alarm" at the former Cardi's Furniture warehouse at 638 Quequechan Street. Crews arrived to find fire showing on the exterior extending into the roofing of the vacant mill type building and upon further investigation several incendiary fires were found inside the building and a second alarm assignment was requested, the fires were held in check and knocked down by the sprinkler system. As crews were checking for any additional fires fire alarm notified command of a Box Alarm coming in for the Tower Outlet Mills located at 657 Quarry Street almost directly across from the first Cardi's and another first alarm assignment was dispatched. The first due engine company reported "Smoke Showing" from the basement of the mill and confirmed multiple set fires at that location which were being contained by sprinklers. Shortly thereafter police arrived at 420 Quequechan Street, the Wampanoag Mill and reported a tractor trailer truck fully involved extending to the loading dock and yet another full first alarm was dispatched out. Police also uncovered mattresses burning in the hallway of the Flint Mills On Alden Street that fire was quickly put under control by a Tiverton engine as well as a brush fire across from the leveled Parker Candy Mill which had burned a week prior. The entire area became a crime scene and police later arrested a man who was recording the fires and have charged him with the arson spree.
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