Marlborough firefighters respond to suspicious substance call, brush fires
Marlborough – Marlborough firefighters and the Department of Fire Services District 3 hazmat team responded April 17 to a suspicious substance call at Marlborough Police Headquarters. A Marlborough police officer had an exposure to the substance. Marlborough Engine 1 and Car 2 responded to the scene at 1:20 p.m., and Chief James Fortin arrived in Car 1 shortly thereafter.
Due to the suspicious nature of the substance, a Tier 1 response from the hazmat team was activated. Because the incident involved the police station, a member of the Boston office of the FBI also responded to the scene.
On site testing of the substance was done, and as a precautionary measure, a sample of the substance was taken to the State Department of Public Health’s laboratory in Boston for further analysis.
The incident was terminated at 4:15 p.m.
Later that afternoon, Marlborough firefighters responded a couple of brush fire incidents. One of the incidents was a small brush fire in the vicinity of 46 Washington St. that was quickly extinguished by the crew of Engine 1.
The other brush fire incident was in the Mello Family Meadow conservation land area between Woodland Road and Stow Road. Engine 5, Rescue 1 and the Brush Fire Unit responded. The officer of Engine 5 reported a large pile of brush burning and extending to the surrounding area. Due to the size of the brush pile, a floating pump was set up in a small pond nearby and extended wet down and overhaul operations were required.
The Stow Road incident was reported at 5:15 p.m. and was finally extinguished at 7:08 p.m.
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