From the little I saw on the national news after it happened, I believe the fire was described as being in a "3 family house" and looked like the old 3 floor houses ("triple decker") that were (are?) common in Worcester and I recall visiting my grandparents in theirs when I was about 5 years old (65+ years ago).
If many of these are still around, as I suspect they are, they are very old and probably not in good repair and suspect like in past fires that took firefighter lives, there are also a lot of abandoned warehouses and other commercial buildings that would be dangerous fire traps, more so than in most communities.
^^^ This is the house on Stockholm St. where the fire was. It looks to be in reasonably good repair, although the siding is vinyl, and from post-fire photos it appeared to be wood-shingled under the vinyl. Note the three mailboxes by the single front door. (Whipple St, and Holy Cross would be image left.)
The inexpensive, wood-construction 'three deckers' were built for working class families in cities throughout southern New England in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These are generally considered to be fire traps, because of their 'balloon' construction, In balloon construction, there is a void between the exterior wood wall and the interior wood and plaster wall, and running from the basement to the roof. The area within the void is used to run utility pipes and wires, and there are no fire stops between the floors. The void thus becomes a flue for flame, gases, and smoke. The wood is old, and after many New England winters, is as dried out as kindling.
^^^A three decker fire that claimed the life of a Worcester firefighter earlier this decade. Notice that this threedecker resembles those on Caro as it is built on a rise, which limits ready access to the rear.
I have long been convinced that one reason HC bought as many properties on Caro as it did was to demolish them and reduce the number of students living off-campus in such dwellings. I have noted before that when Fr. B. was at GU, two students died about a year apart in separate fires living off-campus. After the second fire, Georgetown U and the DC government immediately inspected all off-campus housing occupied by GU students, and immediately closed a significant number of residences (all were brick construction) for various code violations. IIRC, 75-100 students were displaced over the course of a weekend.
The funeral mass for Lt. James Menard is being televised on all major networks here in at least Central Mass and maybe in a much wider area. For those watching our '67 classmate, Monsignor Michael Foley is one of the concelebrants. Bishop McManus is the celebrant.
Post by Pakachoag Phreek on Nov 18, 2019 19:35:40 GMT -5
Haven't yet found video of the procession passing the fire station on McKeon Rd., there are several images on this twitter account. twitter.com/kwilesjrphoto
This twitter account also has a short video of the pipes and drums warming up inside Union Station. The music is a medley of Minstrel Boy (mostly) with Wearing of the Green. As the casket leaves the church, the pipes played Going Home, a Negro spiritual adapted from Dvorak's Eighth. (I know a bit of this from arranging to have several pipers play at a funeral service a year ago.) Going Home has almost become the standard recessional at military and firefighter funerals, if there are pipes.
The full service, including the procession to the church, and the placing of the casket on the fire engine at the end of the service can be found here. youtu.be/kg8vs-Iuuak
Post by cruskater31 on Nov 19, 2019 8:55:20 GMT -5
I think a lot of us shared the same sadness and questions about another firefighter in Worcester giving his life in the line of duty. When I heard Lt. Menard was from the "Station of the Cross" who so frequently responded to our dorms for burnt popcorn, my heart dropped. My first thought about HC's involvement, like many others, they should offer full scholarships to the kids.