Quincy Center Fire Displaces Four Residents


A man trying to install new window glazing caused a two-alarm fire at a Quincy Center home Monday that displaced four residents.

Joseph Jackson, Quincy’s acting fire chief, said a resident at 47 Spear St. was using a plumber’s torch while trying to put new glazing in the window around 11:45 a.m. on Monday when the fire broke out.

“They were trying to soften up the glazing and foolishly decided to use a plumber’s torch to do it,” he said.

Firefighters spent about an hour on scene. Jackson said the fire “could have been nightmare,” but credited the first companies on scene for their work to limit the blaze.

“The guys did a really good job of putting it out,” he said.
Jackson said four residents were displaced by the fire and received assistance from the Red Cross. Quincy police said all residents who were inside at the time of the fire were able to make it out safely.

Jackson said there was no estimate yet for how much damage the fire caused.
Additionally, Jackson on Tuesday said the USS Salem, which is berthed in the Fore River Shipyard, remains closed following a fire earlier this month. The ship, which was home to a haunted attraction this month in the run up to Halloween, could re-open if code violations found after the fire are fixed

The Oct. 10 fire burned several wooden boards and plywood used in one of the decorations. No injuries were reported.

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