Residents Safe After Two-Alarm Fire

Three residents were away from home when a two-alarm blaze engulfed their home on Boylston St.

All three residents are safe and sound after a two-alarm fire at 54 Boylston St. Monday afternoon, the confirmed.

All of the inhabitants were away from the building when it sparked into flames just after noon Monday.

Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Walsh said that the cause of the fire had yet to be determined, and was under investigation by both the city and state police fire marshalls.

Walsh said their efforts to put out the flames were complicated by an apparently “severe case of hoarding” evident inside of the home.

“We had a problem gaining entry into the building” as a result, Walsh said. “There was an inordinate amount of debris in our way...three or four feet tall, of all kinds of collectibles and junk.”

As a result, crews had to take “alternate routes” to safely enter the home.

Efforts to investigate the fire's cause may also be complicated by the amount of material inside the home, he added,.

John Q October 03, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Marc, There was a comment from Deanna before Annies comment, but i believe it was deleted.....HONK!
AnnieOMalden October 03, 2011 at 10:52 PM
Thank you John Q. I only responded to Deanna's comment as I believe she was misinformed and I attempted to inform her and anyone else who would appreciate more detail on these issues. You do not have to read what I write or even believe what I write. I am attempting to show a different point of view with facts to back up what I post. No one is able to dispute what I write, just bash me personally as well as the candidate I support. Tell me why I am wrong to be alarmed (no pun) that Gary does not seem as determined to see that there is no question our city would enjoy the benefits to our FD that $2.2MIL would provide! Both Deb AND Gary should be banging on the Mayor's door with their demands he fully accept this grant! Hello? Are you ok with being understaffed on your fire and police? I am not. My candidate has her priorities straight. Why are we in the mess we're in now? More of the same or time for a change. Your call. If you really support the ff's the way you say you do, vote for the candidate doing the job for them and ultimately, us. Time for change for me.
AnnieOMalden October 03, 2011 at 11:34 PM
I do not know why Gary would not vote to fully accept the SAFER grant. That is why I say he does not support the MFD. Actions speak louder than words. I am not slandering someone or lying about them if they are not pushing or voting or standing up to the Mayor to fully accept the $2.2MIL strings free SAFER grant to put more ff's on the job. Deb is and he is not. What do you call that? It's that simple. Either you are for fully accepting the whole grant of you are not. You must have missed that backroom Safety Committee meeting, Michael, if you don't know that. Were you there when Chief Murphy was there before the Council meeting and George Romvos was there after the Council meeting? Sometimes it's not the quantity, it's the quality of the meetings you attend.
Karen Hayes October 04, 2011 at 12:11 AM
I was at the Safety Committee meeting and I am at most city council meetings, yet I am sure we walk out of the meetings with two different opinions on what happened. That is what makes this country great, we are allowed to think and form our own opinions. People reading these comments are doing the same, and most have already formed their opinions so lets keep it at congratulating the firefighters and police officers, and anyone else who helps keep us safe. Let us also remember there are other issues that need attention in Malden aside from the firefighters. These comments are probably making you feel better, but I don't think they are changing anyone's mind.
AnnieOMalden October 04, 2011 at 12:31 AM
Karen: Was it your impression Gary supported accepting the entire $2.2Mil no strings SAFER grant? Just answer me that, ok?
Chris Caesar October 04, 2011 at 12:45 AM
But Annie, is it really fair to say Christenson doesn't "support the firefighters" because he disagrees with accepting this grant? There are other reasons to oppose it aside from disliking firefighters, no?
AnnieOMalden October 04, 2011 at 01:13 AM
Chris, All I am asking is to please have someone explain to me just what those reasons are that would make Gary disagree with accepting all the SAFER grant. Why in the world would you not accept it in its entirety? The ff's have said they need more people to make them feel safe while doing the tremendous job they do for each and every one of us. This would give them more people yet our council is not urging the Mayor to accept it. Am I missing something is all I am asking? It's bad enough they have had to live in deplorable conditions all these years and they keep on working for us. So, please just answer that so I can understand what the problem is in the delay in accepting the money.
Chris Caesar October 04, 2011 at 01:22 AM
Hey, I'll give his campaign a call tomorrow, and see if he'll talk to me about it. My understanding was that the SAFER grant funds employment for two years, and requires the city to fund the third year: http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-grants/grants/283893/.
AnnieOMalden October 04, 2011 at 01:38 AM
I would appreciate that. The first SAFER grant that was turned back had that condition about the 3rd year. This one has no strings attached.
Chris Caesar October 04, 2011 at 01:40 AM
That's what I thought was being said at the meeting myself, but that grant application says things that seem kind of contradictory: "Departments awarded grants for hiring new firefighters are required to commit to retaining the SAFER-funded firefighters for one full year after the two-year period of performance." but also: "Grants for rehiring of firefighters provide fire departments with funding to pay 100% of the salaries and benefits (exclusive of overtime) and have a two-year period of performance. There is no requirement for rehiring grantees to retain the SAFER-funded firefighters after the two-year period of performance." So now I'm even more confused.
Chris Caesar October 04, 2011 at 02:42 AM
That's true Michael, I should've been clearer about that. Thank you.
AnnieOMalden October 04, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Michael: Because I am asking questions you are accusing me of lies and slander. As a voter I have every right to be clear on where a candidate stands on an issue. I know where Deb stands on the disgraceful way this city has treated its first responders for years now. We got the trash tax shoved down our throats to save jobs and it did not. Our DPW has shrunk from 80+ to 22 over the past 10 years. Our ff's have only THREE people per truck on a call. One of those has to stay with the truck while the other two have to tackle whatever emergency they are called out on. Our police dept. was cut back and they lost their Quinn Bill money for a while. We are overrun with sober houses and drug treatment centers. This city cannot allow things to go on this way and expect people to stay and raise a family. You may be almost as as tired of hearing about the "Good old boys network" as I am and hopefully will vote for change. Clearly this network does exist and perhaps you have not observed it play out during the council meetings. You have been to the meetings and surely you know who the amigos are. If you don't want to believe it, there is nothing I can do to convince you. They are the ones responsible for what we have to deal with now. I am not making this stuff up. Has this city gotten worse or better over the last 10 years? Who has been on the council and where can we make a change? Thank God there will be two new spots in the wards that must be replaced and one At-Large.
Sew Long October 04, 2011 at 11:43 AM
80 to 22 DPW workers is called progress. 80 employees, are u kidding me? If thats the direction your candidate is heading then i'm am going to make sure i drive every single one of my neighbors to the polls in November. Trash Tax? Why should i have to pay higher property taxes, take time recycling, so some person paying rent can use the Malden refuse system as a personal dumping grounds? Since the blue bags you no longer see all the piles of crap on the sidewalk whose disposal was paid for by those responsible property owners. So, your telling me that if your candidate wins then we can look forward to spending city dollars on hundreds of new employees and filling the sidewalks with trash. Sounds like a great place to live!
Todd J. Daly October 04, 2011 at 11:55 AM
How on earth is 22 dpw workers an issue? Even at only 22 people there still seems to be enough where 4 guys can stand around while they watch 1 actually work. I've actually heard that the guys that are on the DPW that actually try to work hard get ragged on because they make everyone else look bad.
Deanna MacMillan October 04, 2011 at 12:47 PM
Hello, I have confessed that I am the one who started this whole thing. I thought I was saying a good thing about the trash bags and stuff, and I made a political comment (like an idiot) which sparked some controversy, so I removed it. But then the people wanted to know what I said, so I reposted my comments, and then it sparked this whole insanity!! I had no idea what this was about to turn into, so if there is anyone to blame, it's ME. It's my fault, and I am truly sorry for what this has become. I would like to thank you for your thoughts and prayers in my battle with cancer, and I also HONK too!! HONK.. HONK!! Thank God these Residents are Safe, and I love our Fire Fighters!! Amen.
Karen Hayes October 04, 2011 at 12:51 PM
Come up to me tonight at the meeting and I will give you my opinions in person. This is not a forum for debate. Thank you.
Karen Hayes October 04, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Annie, why don't you come by or call the office, this way you can be sure to hear it straight from the candidate.
Karen Hayes October 04, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Deanna, you should contact the Christenson Campaign at 781-388-7910 and ask for me directly- Karen Hayes. I would like to speak with you offline to let you know this was in no way your fault.
Deanna MacMillan October 04, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Dear Karen, In all fairness, I must accept the blame for all of this, because this was supposed to be an article about Residents who are safe from a fire, and I was the one who responded about the PAYT bags with a political comment, which turned this post into an ugly journey of people hating on one another. I cannot ignore that. I just want this madness to stop!! Although I certainly did not see this coming, I should have. Therefore, I must take the blame. I've been trying to stop this insanity since it started, but it just seems impossible at this point. I will call you, though. What is a good time?
Karen Hayes October 04, 2011 at 01:25 PM
We have office hours every day and there is always someone to answer the phones and pick up messages, so please leave a message with your contact information and I will get right back to you!
Deanna MacMillan October 04, 2011 at 01:34 PM
There is a time and a place for everything, and boy did I pick the worst time and place!! I'll accept the "Boobie Prize," for this one! Sorry people.
AnnieOMalden October 04, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Deanna: Don't feel bad about getting people to discuss issues! You can't help there are "haters" out there who will stoop to bashing instead of discussing the issues. I actually prefer that people are worked up over this election instead of being complacent-our democracy is working and those who fought and died for it allow us to speak our minds. I also extend a hand to you to contact Deb Fallon: 781-605-3594 or email her at dfallonh@aol.com. We need to make an informed choice this election as our safety is on the line over the next 4 years.
AnnieOMalden October 04, 2011 at 05:44 PM
(Disclaimer: These are my own opinions. I have the right to say how I feel. This disclaimer is to protected me from any backlash I might get offline like I have in the past when dealing with this group of people. At the end of the day we are all residents of Malden, our hearts and minds passionately support our candidate of choice.)
Deanna MacMillan October 04, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Allrighty, then!! Well I guess that didn't work. Soo... Umm... How about this weather, ey??
Julie M October 04, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Deanna, neither you nor I, nor anyone else are responsible for invoking the wrath of Annie. She is well known on these boards for her knee jerk reactions and cutting remarks, then doing an odd little about face and accusing others of "bashing" her instead. Let's call it "pre-existing wrath", .which has made her a perfect fit for the Fallon for mayor gang. They are well known for not respecting the viewpoints of others, going so far as to issue warning for those not on their "team" to "run far when Fallon is mayor" (a previous comment (clearly a threat) made on boston.com issued by one of the Fallon supporters)! So Deanna, there is nothing you did to invoke the response you got, ....nothing more than daring to openly support Christenson for mayor, and not Fallon.
Marc Levine October 05, 2011 at 12:07 AM
HONK HONK I'm out!!!
AnnieOMalden October 05, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Julie M: You're another perfect example of not discussing the issues I raise and go into attacking me personally. No comments about the council not accepting the full SAFER grant or how the sober houses and drug treatment centers are ruining the safety of our city? No, just go and attack me. Maybe because I am not afraid to ask the hard questions you attack me? Maybe because I am not satisfied with the status quo? Maybe because I demand more transparency from our elected officials? Whatever the reason, let's stick to the issues and leave the personal attacks out of it, ok? You don't even know me and yet you feel it is ok for you to attack me personally. Pretty lame.
Julie M October 05, 2011 at 12:40 AM
Annie, we're all "perfect examples" of one thing or another when we don't think like you.
AnnieOMalden October 05, 2011 at 01:29 AM
Julie: That's what makes this country great-we're allowed to express an opinion. No need to be mean, tho. So, am I to understand you don't agree we need more ff's and we should have more sober houses and drug treatment centers?
Howard the Duck October 06, 2011 at 12:05 AM


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