APPARATUS BROWNOUT UPDATE: Lowell Engine 3 (Moody St. ), Ladder 4 (West 6th St.), Car 2 O.O.S. 08:00-18:00 hrs. 8/16/15 #PFFM_ALERT
Why isn’t this Council standing up for the residents of Centralville? Why are we closing one of only 2 fire companies in this neighborhood?
We have ALREADY had a tragic fire on Bridge St where a resident died just 5 years ago when the city started closing companies. Back then the Council was opposed to closing even 1 company in Centralville.
Two men were killed and at least six other people were hurt in an early morning fire in Lowell, Massachusetts. Here are details from Boston Globe article by Stewart Bishop:
About 4 a.m., a fire broke out in a four-story apartment building on Bridge Street, said Deputy Chief Robert Flynn. Firefighters from Lowell, Chelmsford and Tewksbury responded to the four-alarm blaze in the brick structure, which had 15 apartments and an estimated 20 residents, Flynn said.
Firefighters found a 23-year-old man dead at the scene. He was not immediately identified. A second man was found dead about 1 p.m. as investigators combed through the rubble on the fourth floor.
A third man was critically injured after he jumped from the fourth floor of the building to escape the flames, Flynn said. That man was taken by medical helicopter to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, officials said
Let’s hope the City Council and Murphy Administration finds the money in a budget that is only 2 months old to properly staff the Fire Dept and provides this neighborhood which is experiencing a high rate of gun shots and other gun related activity , along with a very high rate of opioid overdoses, worthy of at least an Engine and a ladder for fire / health and safety EVERYDAY before they have to answer to why a company was closed and lives again lost.
We are a small densely populated area of this city, dependent on access provided by 3 bridges over the Merrimack River. With the proposed work on the VFW / Bridge St. area that is only going to delay and impede traffic.
We have 1 fire station on West Sixth Street that includes Engine 6 and Ladder 4 – It would take them at least 5 -7 minutes to get to Bradley Ave (almost the Dracut line near Duck Island) if they came from West 6th st. during rush hour in the morning or evening. Longer if they had to come over the bridge from downtown. That amount of time makes a huge difference.
There is no way any fire company in Centralville should be closed, especially by a City Council who is running for re-election promoting their commitment to Public Safety.
Here are some facts about our little section of Lowell.
Centralville neighborhood in Lowell, Massachusetts
Area: 2.114 square miles
Centralville: 8,815 people per square mile
Lowell: 7,904 people per square mile
Average household size:
Centralville: 2.6 people
Lowell: 2.7 people
Bridge St (State Hwy 38)
Length: 1.38 miles
Directions: N-S, SW-NE
Address range: 231 to 1320
NOTABLE & UNIQUE: DIVERSITY
Did you know that the Centralville neighborhood has more Brazilian and French Canadian ancestry people living in it than nearly any neighborhood in America? It’s true! In fact, 2.2% of this neighborhood’s residents have Brazilian ancestry and 5.2% have French Canadian ancestry.
Centralville is also pretty special linguistically. Significantly, 3.3% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak Portuguese at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 98.8% of the neighborhoods in America.
Even if you drive or take transit to your place of employment, many people enjoy being able to walk in their neighborhood. What many people don’t realize is that most of America’s premier vacation locations are also very walkable. The Centralville neighborhood is among the top 5% of American neighborhoods in terms of walkability.
In addition, if you find historic homes and neighborhoods attractive, you love the details, the history, and the charm, then you are sure to be interested in this neighborhood. With 61.4% of the residential real estate in the Centralville neighborhood built no later than 1939, and some built considerably earlier, this neighborhood has a greater concentration of historic residences than 95.7% of all neighborhoods in America. In this regard, this neighborhood truly stands out as special.