Following up on the deadly Thanksgiving eve fire in Boston’s North End, Fire Marshall and Deputy Chief Jack Dempsey spoke with the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) on Monday, December 11th. The recent fire was not arson according to Dempsey, but instead caused by careless use of smoking materials.
The fire marshall reviewed important fire safety procedures, many specific to the North End including “party” fire escapes and how to flee from burning buildings. In the case of the Hanover Street blaze, the fire wall held between the buildings resulting in almost no damage to abutting structures. Dempsey also reviewed new smoke alarm regulations regarding photoelectric detectors.
Boston Inspectional Services Commissioner William “Buddy” Christopher, Jr. joined Dempsey at NEWNC, identifying the importance of multiple egresses and keeping exit pathways unblocked.
As a special demonstration, Keegan the fire dog and Boston Fire Lieutenant Tom Murray showed how the dog can smell for propellents as part of arson investigations.