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Police Log: Two-Alarm Fire Damages Hospital, Loose Dog Evades Police

Jun 19, 2015 01:39AM ● Published by Bill Gilman

Tewksbury Police Headquarters.

A two-alarm fire did damage to the main building at Tewksbury State Hospital Wednesday night.

Hospital Campus Police notified Dispatch just before 11 p.m. that smoke was showing from an exhaust pipe on the roof of the Saunders Building. Police and firefighters responded to the scene and discovered a small fire in the vent shaft for the generator.

A second alarm was sounded, bringing mutual aid from Wilmington to cover the South Station, Andover to cover the North Station and Billerica to cover Center Station.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire but not before damage was done to the roof and smoke filled the fifth floor of the building.

No injuries were reported and the hospital was able to continue to function as usual once the fire was extinguished.

Additional calls:

  • Thursday, June 18, 1:42 a.m.: A North Street resident called 911 to report that there was a loose dog outside his front door barking at his house. An officer was sent to the scene but reported that the dog was uncooperative. Attempts to corral the dog were unsuccessful.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 5:14 p.m. -- A caller reported that a tractor trailer truck had jack-knifed at the railroad tracks on East Street, making the road unpassable. An officer responding to the scene reported that there was damage to the arm of the railroad crossing, leaving it in a position where it would be struck by a train if it passed through. B&M Railroad was contacted and reported the next train was scheduled to come through in about an hour. They also reported that maintenance had been notified and would be on scene in about 20 minutes.
  • Tuesday, June 16, 11:59 a.m. -- Police received a call from management at Peregrine Landing, 2580 Main St. The caller reported a larceny of prescription medications at that address. An officer was sent and a report was filed.


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