Tuesday, July 17, 2018

MVA with Entrapment Oxford Street North

At 9:15pm Monday night the AFRD was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident with one car in the water and a person trapped inside the vehicle. The first arriving crews found a sedan that had driven off an embankment through a bollard. The vehicle was found on the passengers side in a shallow stream with 1 person still trapped inside. The vehicle had extensive damage primarily to the front end, the patient was alert and oriented with minor complaints of injury.

The vehicle was stabilized with cribbing and struts, the windshield was removed and entry was gained to the patient. The patient was extricated to a stokes basket and carried to the waiting ambulance. AFRD transported the patient to UMASS Medical Center University Campus with non-life threatening injuries.

There was a light sheen on the water from the vehicle's fluids, hazmat booms were placed down stream. The Auburn Water Department and DEP were notified, the water department did respond to the scene. The electrical inspector was also notified due to underground wires being exposed from the bollard being dislodged.

AFRD cleared the scene at 11:40pm after providing scene lighting for APD and Direnzo towing. The vehicle was removed without incident.

Any Questions.

Contact: Lt. Adam LaFlash
Public Relations Coordinator
508-832-7800
alaflash@town.auburn.ma.us

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Town of Auburn Announces New Communications Director

Following an extensive interview process that included an assessment center, the Town of Auburn has hired its first Communications Director, Penny Ryan. 

Mrs. Ryan has served as a public safety professional for the past 24 years. Starting as a call Emergency Medical Technician for the Town of Charlton in 1994, she worked as an EMT-Intermediate on an Advanced Life Support Ambulance. Mrs. Ryan became a Public Safety Dispatcher in 1998 and has served as the Lead Dispatcher for the Charlton Police Department since 2011. She also works per diem as a dispatcher for the Southbridge Police Department and serves as an Auxiliary Police Officer for the Town of Charlton.  

Penny holds a Communications Center Supervisor Certificate from the Association of Public Safety Communications (APCO), is an APCO Communications Training Officer, holds certification in Emergency Medical Dispatch, CPR Instructor for the American Heart Association, graduate of the Western Massachusetts Regional Training Center Reserve/Intermittent Police Academy and is one of only 25 dispatchers in Massachusetts to hold certification as a Communication Center Manager from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

The newly created position of Communications Director will be located in the Auburn Police Department and will oversee all dispatch operations and personnel. Mrs. Ryan will begin her new position in August. 


                                                                                                      Penny Ryan

Thursday, April 26, 2018

AFRD Responds to Structure Fire on Boyce St.


The Auburn Fire Rescue Department was dispatched at 7:31 a.m. this morning to 104 Boyce St. for a report of smoke coming from the windows and doors of the home. First arriving Police Officers on scene confirmed the smoke condition and reported that smoke was also coming from the roof.  A second alarm was struck at 7:35 a.m. bringing in off duty personnel and mutual aid to the scene.

The fire was contained to the kitchen and was quickly knocked down by the first arriving Engine Company. One of the family’s two dogs was rescued from the home and the other perished due to smoke inhalation.

Mutual aid was provided on scene by Oxford Fire-EMS and Webster EMS as well as Auburn Animal Control. Fire Companies from Leicester and Millbury covered the stations during the incident.

The fire is not suspicious and the cause has been determined to be a dishwasher that was running at the time of the fire.

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For Information Contact:
Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.
508-832-7800
scoleman@town.auburn.ma.us

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Shed Fire at 4 Breezy Bend Caused Damage to Mobile Home

4/9/18

At 12:39 a.m. the Auburn Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) received a 911 call reporting a shed on fire behind 4 Breezy Bend.  
Fire crews upon arrival found heavy fire coming from a shed behind the mobile home at 4 Breezy Bend.  The fire was quickly extinguished.          


AFRD Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson said the residents were alerted to the fire by the glow coming from their backyard.  They evacuated the home and called 911.  There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. An additional shed and one mobile home was damaged f
rom the fire.  There was no fire extension into the mobile home.  Deputy Johnson said the fire is under investigation.    


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Contact:
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
Media Relations
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us


508-832-7800

Friday, March 23, 2018

Recall – Certain Kidde Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms

3/23/2018

Kidde, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has
announced a recall to replace certain Kidde dual sensor smoke alarms. This recall involves two
models of Kidde Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms: models PI2010 and PI9010. A copy of the CPSC
press release is enclosed.


This replacement program was initiated because certain dual sensor (photoelectric or ionization)
smoke alarms were left with a yellow cap in place during the manufacturing process. The cap can
cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke,
posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.


Consumers should remove the alarm from the wall/ceiling and visually inspect it through the
opening on the side of the alarm for the presence of a yellow cap. Consumers should not attempt to
take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow
cap is present, the consumer should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request
a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only
after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, consumers should
reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.


If you receive inquiries please immediately direct them to contact Kidde at (833) 551-7739
between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), or between 9 a.m. and 3
p.m. during the weekend. They may also visit
www.Kidde.com and click on “Product Safety
Recall” for more information. 



Contact:
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
Media Relations
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us


508-832-7800

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Shed Fire at 21 Breezy Bend Caused Damage to Mobile Home

2/27/18

At 9:03 p.m. the Auburn Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) received multiple 911 calls reporting a building fire in the area of 14 Breezy Bend. 
Fire crews upon arrival found heavy fire coming from a shed behind 21 Breezy Bend next to the mobile home.          


AFRD Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson said the residents were alerted to the fire by a loud bang outside of their home and quickly evacuated.  The fire went to 2 alarms and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. An additional shed and two mobile homes were damaged from the fire.  There was no fire extension into the two mobile homes.  Deputy Johnson said the fire is under investigation.    



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Contact:
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
Media Relations
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

508-832-7800

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

MVA with Entrapment on the Mass Pike

At 4:26 this afternoon the AFRD was dispatched to a reported motor vehicle accident roll over on the Mass Pike westbound at the 89 mile marker. Crews arrived on scene to find a multi vehicle crash involving 5 vehicles including a tractor trailer truck and a car on it's roof.

The the female occupant of the vehicle on it's roof was still inside the car and needed to be extricated using hydraulic tools. She was transported to UMASS Medical Center University Campus with non-life threatening injuries.

Contact: Lt. Adam LaFlash
Public Relations Coordinator
508-832-7800
alaflash@town.auburn.ma.us

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Monday, January 22, 2018

State HAZMAT Team Assists AFRD at Wendy's 688 Southbridge Street

1/22/2018

The State's Hazardous Materials Response Team assisted the AFRD on Monday night identifying an unknown powder substance at Wendy's located at 688 Southbridge Street.

Shortly after 6:00 p.m. the AFRD was dispatched to 688 Southbridge Street for a reported person overdosing in the bathroom.  It was later reported the person was in cardiac arrest.  On arrival crews treated and transported the person by ambulance to the hospital.  An unknown powder substance was also found at the scene.

The State HAZMAT team along with the Board of Health were called to the scene.  A mix of illegal substances were identified by the HAZMAT team.  The restaurant was closed for about four hours and has since reopened.  The substances were contained to a bathroom in the restaurant and not near any cooking or food prep areas.  The Police are investigating the incident.  No other injuries were reported.

All companies were clear of Wendy's shortly after 10:15 p.m.


Contact:
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
Media Relations
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

508-832-7800

Monday, January 15, 2018

State HAZMAT Team Assists AFRD in Gasoline Odor Investigation

The states Hazardous Materials Response Team assisted the AFRD on Monday night tracking the source of an odor of gasoline in several storm drains on Jerome Ave.

Shortly after 7:30 p.m. the AFRD was dispatched to 30 Jerome Ave. for an odor of gas. On arrival they detected an odor they believed to be gasoline in the basement of 30 Jerome Ave. meters detected nothing and as a precaution Eversource was called to the scene to confirm the findings. A second set of meters confirmed no detection of natural gas. While on scene a second resident at 42 Jerome Ave. alerted firefighters they had an odor of gasoline in their basement. The odor could also be detected at several storm drains along the street.

The state HAZMAT team along with DEP were called to the scene to investigate and confirm the presence of a petroleum product with testing equipment. Petroleum was detected in the storm drains at low levels. The homes affected were metered and home owners were allowed to return.

All companies were clear of Jerome Ave. shortly after 10:30 p.m.

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Questions contact;
Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.
508-832-7800
scoleman@town.auburn.ma.us

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Fire on the Loading Dock at Worcester Envelope Co.

At 9:00 a.m. this morning the AFRD was alerted to a fire at the Worcester Envelope Co. on Millbury St. The caller reported they could see employees of the building attempting to extinguish a fire on the loading dock.

Engine 3 arrived on scene to find a fire on the exterior of the building in the padding attached to the top of the loading dock. The fire was quickly extinguished and remained at a first alarm.

The cause of the fire was determined to be from the rear lights on a tractor trailer that were left on and were pressed against the padding material on the loading dock.

The department responded to a fire at the Worcester Envelope Co. on January 4th. That day crews arrived to find a large piece of machinery that makes envelopes on fire in the building. That fire went to 2 alarms and was contained to the piece of machinery in the building.  

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                                                   Firefighter Brian Sheridan operates a 
                                                   hose line extinguishing a fire on the 
                                                   exterior of the building.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fire Strikes Worcester Envelope at 22 Millbury Street

1/4/2018

At 10:20 AM the Auburn Fire Rescue Department responded to 22 Millbury Street Worcester Envelope for an activated fire alarm.  Upon arrival crews found the building evacuated and a large piece of machinery that makes envelopes on fire in the building filling the building with smoke.        


Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson said "the fire went to 2 alarms and was contained to the piece of machinery in the building.  The fire department was on scene for just over three hours venting smoke from the building.      


There was one injury to a firefighter from a slip and fall on the ice and no injuries to any civilians.  At this time the fire is under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious.        


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Contact:
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
Media Relations
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

508-832-7800

Friday, December 15, 2017

Serious Trash Truck Accident

12/15/17

At 1:22 p.m. this afternoon the Auburn Fire Rescue Department along with the Auburn Police Department were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian  at the intersection of Upland Street and Manor Rd.  It was reported that a pedestrian was struck by a dump truck.

On arrival crews found a male lying in the roadway not moving and a trash truck down the street in a yard with a utility pole snapped in half.  The male party was quickly given care in an Auburn Fire Rescue Ambulance with the assistance of UMASS Emergency Medical Services and transported to UMASS Hospital with serious life threatening injuries.  The only injury was the driver of the trash truck and the only vehicle involved was the trash truck. 

The accident is under investigation by officers assigned to the CEMLEC Accident Reconstruction Unit.  National Grid and Direnzo Towing also were called to the scene and assisted emergency personnel.


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Contact:
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
Media Relations
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us
508-832-7800

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Fire Strikes Home at 230 Leicester Street

12/9/17

At 3:15 a.m. the Auburn Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) received a 911 call from a resident at 230 Leicester Street reporting their home was on fire and fire was coming through the roof.  The two residents of the two family home escaped the fire without injury.  
Fire crews upon arrival found heavy fire venting through the front living room window.        

AFRD Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson said the residents were alerted to the fire by their smoke detectors, which allowed them time to get out safely.  This situation is a great example of the importance of working smoke detectors in homes.  Without working smoke detectors in this home the outcome could have been fatal.  Smoke detectors save lives.  

The fire went to 3 alarms and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. Deputy Johnson said the fire is under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious.  The two residents were displaced from their home and will be staying with friends.  


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Contact:
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
Media Relations
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

508-832-7800

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Basement Explosion at 214 Pakachoag Street

10/5/17

At 5:53 P.M. the Auburn Fire Rescue Department responded to 214 Pakachoag Street for an explosion and smoke in the basement.  The call was reported to the dispatch center by a 14 year old girl who called 911 to report the emergency.    

Fire crews on arrival stated that there had been an explosion involving the oil burner.  The explosion caused a piece of metal to puncture the oil tank, destroy the chimney, and other appliances in the basement.  approximately 225 gallons of oil spilled into the basement.

The Auburn Police Department, building inspector, plumbing inspector, wiring inspector, Mass DEP, Red Cross,  and oil service company were requested to the scene to assist.  At this time the house is not tenable until the cleanup is concluded.  No injuries were reported.

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Contact:
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
Media Relations
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us
508-832-7800

Sunday, October 1, 2017

ALS Motor Unit assists accident victim at Tarantino Ride

A motorcycle ride in honor of slain Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarantino brought out over 500 bikes that left the Leicester High School this morning at 11:00 a.m. While the ride was coming through Charlton on Oxford Rd. near Buffumville Dam at the Oxford town line there was an accident involving one of the motorcycles.

The AFRD's ALS Motor assigned to the CEMLEC Police Motor Unit was working the ride and being operated by Captain/Paramedic Justin Brigham. Captain Brigham was about 2 miles behind the accident when he was notified by CEMLEC Officers at the scene to respond. The ALS Motor is able to navigate through the hundreds of bikes and arrived on the accident scene in just under 2 minutes and began to evaluate and provide aid to the female passenger of the motorcycle who suffered a head injury. An Ambulance from the Charlton Fire Department was called to the scene to transport the patient to UMASS Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

“This is why the ALS Motor was put into service, for these situations”, said AFRD Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. “These rides bring hundreds of bikes to main streets and back roads in many communities and accidents happen, whether it is someone from the public or one of the officers. Having the ability to bring trained medical professionals to the scene quickly on and with the right equipment is key to providing early interventions”, Coleman said.

The ALS Motor has been in service since September 1st and this was its fourth mission with CEMLEC. There are several other missions scheduled through the month of October including the Klepto 5K on Sunday October 15th in Auburn. That run benefits The Major David Brodeur Memorial Foundation. 

                                                                 Captain/Paramedic Justin Brigham operating the 
                                                                 departments ALS Motor Unit. The motor went 
                                                                 into service on September 1, 2017.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Early Morning Mobile Home Fire at 3 Washington Street Lot 68

8/26/17

At 12:07 a.m. the Auburn Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) received a 911 call from a resident at 3 Washington Street lot 45 reporting a mobile home was on fire at lot 68. The resident of lot 68 escaped the fire and went across the street to call 911.  


Fire crews upon arrival found the fire venting through the windows and impinging on a propane tank. The Worcester Fire Department also received the call since the location was on the Auburn/Worcester line. AFRD and Worcester Fire extinguished the blaze.    


AFRD Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson said the fire went to 2 alarms and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. The fire is under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious.  

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Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Serious Motor Vehicle Accident on Southbridge St.

Just before 5:30 a.m. this morning Auburn Fire Rescue along with Auburn Police was dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Southbridge St. and Hampton St. The car was reported to be on its side into a tree and on fire.

On arrival crews found a female driver trapped in the vehicle and there were no other occupants. Auburn Fire Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr. said this was a very complex extrication that took Fire Rescue crews almost an hour to remove the patient from the vehicle. “Crews did an excellent job under some tough conditions with vehicle placement and the serious injuries of the patient” Coleman said.

AFRD was assisted on scene by an Ambulance from UMASS Emergency Medical Services and the patient was transported to UMASS Memorial University Campus with serious injuries. The accident is under investigation by officers assigned to the CEMLEC Accident Reconstruction Unit.







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Contact:
Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.
Auburn Fire Rescue Department

scoleman@town.auburn.ma.us

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Update on Ford Explorer CO Issue 8-3-17

The following is a summary of our two press conferences that were held today in Auburn MA related to the Ford Explorer Carbon Monoxide (CO) issue.

A total of 13 Town Ford Explorer and Interceptor vehicles tested positive yesterday for elevated levels of CO. 10 vehicles from Police, 2 from Fire and 1 from the Department of Public Works.

A total of 6 Police Officers were sent to the hospital with elevated levels of CO, 1 emergent following a motor vehicle accident and 5 as a precaution. The Police Chief ordered all officers in the department be tested. All officers were released from the hospital yesterday and are doing fine.

Town officials held a meeting with Ford Engineers in Auburn this morning to discuss the problem and our findings from yesterday’s testing conducted by the Fire Rescue Department. Those four Ford employees spent the day inspecting some of the 13 vehicles that tested positive. Not all vehicles were tested today and that testing will continue into tomorrow.

In addition, officials held a conference call this morning with Ford Engineers in Detroit to discuss the problem. Ford has committed to work with the Town of Auburn to rectify all issues and stated that the four Ford employees will remain in Auburn until the 13 vehicles are repaired and back on the road.

Today the Town placed an order of 50 SCOTT Protégé 2M single gas CO meters to be installed in all Ford Explorer and Interceptor vehicles as well as some additional vehicles in the towns fleet.

The Town has received several phone calls today from Police and Fire Departments from across the state inquiring what types of monitoring devices we have researched. Fire Officials are saying the manufacturer you choose is not important, the recommendation is a single gas, zero maintenance CO meter. What fire officials are saying is that residential CO detectors are not the proper application for this issue. The difference between these meters and a residential CO detector is the single gas meters are constantly monitoring for CO, where as a residential CO detector is activated due to long term exposure.




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Contact:

Stephen M. Coleman Jr., MPA, CFO
Chief of Department
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
47 Auburn St.

Auburn, MA 01501
508-832-7800

scoleman@town.auburn.ma.us 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

State Haz Mat Team investigating unknown liquid at Casella Recycling Facility

Shortly after 3:00 p.m. this afternoon the Auburn Fire Rescue Department received a call from the Casella Recycling Facility located at 15 Hardscrabble Rd. for an unknown liquid that was causing approximately 30-35 employees suffer burning throat, itchy skin and eyes and shortness of breath when inside the building. Upon the fire rescue departments arrival all of the employees had left the facility after they told Casella officials they did not want to seek medical attention.

The Fire Rescue Department requested assistance from the state Hazardous Materials Team in identifying the substance. The Haz Mat team upgraded the response a short time later from a Tier I to a Tier II response which would allow team members to conduct an entry into the facility for an investigation and sampling.

At this time the facility is closed and no employees were transported to the hospital. The Fire Rescue Department requested assistance from the Central Mass EMS Corporation in placing area hospitals including Rhode Island on alert for potential patients and to our knowledge no one has sought medical attention at a hospital.

The state Haz Mat Team is on scene and preparing for entry to the area. There is no public health concern for area residents and the situation is contained to an area of the recycling facility. The agencies currently on scene are Auburn Fire Rescue and Police, Auburn Board of Health, state DEP and the state Haz Mat Team from the Department of Fire Services.
The AFRD will provide an update at the conclusion of the incident.
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Contact:
Chief Stephen M. Coleman Jr.
scoleman@town.auburn.ma.us

508-832-7800

Friday, July 7, 2017

Serious Motor Vehicle Rollover Accident on Wallace Ave.

7/7/17

At 12:10 a.m. the Auburn Fire Rescue Department responded to the area of 68 Wallace Ave. for a single car motor vehicle rollover.  Upon arrival of the accident, AFRD crews found one person trapped.  

The person trapped in the rollover was extricated by the AFRD with the jaws of life.  One person was transported to UMass Medical Center by ambulance with life threatening injuries.   

The accident is under investigation by the Auburn Police Department.  



Contact:
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
Media Relations
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us
508-832-7800






Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dive Team Activated to Assist in Vehicle Recovery

Shortly after 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 8th the Auburn Emergency Communications Center received a report of a vehicle that had gone in the water from the Eddy Pond boat ramp. The caller reported seeing the vehicle enter the water from I-395.

Fire and Police were dispatched to the scene and an initial search of the water showed there were no victims. The District 7 Regional Dive Team was activated and conducted an underwater secondary search of the area and assisted the towing company in hooking the vehicle to remove it from the water. The vehicle was submerged approximately 150 feet off shore.


The Auburn Police Department is investigating reports that the vehicle was reported stolen. There were no injuries reported at the scene. 

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Contact:
Deputy Chief Glenn Johnson
Auburn Fire Rescue Department
Media Relations
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us
508-832-7800


Friday, June 2, 2017

Fire Strikes Casella Waste Systems

6/2/2017

At 7:10 PM the Auburn Fire Rescue Department responded to 15 Hardscrabble Road Casella Waste Systems for a reported fire in the building.  The fire was reported by staff who called 911 and evacuated the building.  Crews found thick black smoke coming from the rear of the structure upon arrival.      

Chief Coleman said "the fire went to 2 alarms and was contained to a small area in the middle of the building.  Crews had fire in and underneath a large piece of machinery."  The fire department was on scene for just over two hours.      


There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.  At this time the fire is under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious.  Auburn received mutual aid from Leicester, Millbury, Oxford, Sutton, and Webster.    


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Contact
Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Johnson
508-832-7800
gjohnson@town.auburn.ma.us