WILMINGTON — Last week on Thursday Jan. 9 and Friday Jan. 10, the Wilmington Fire Department responded to two second alarm fires.
The first fire on Thursday was located at 33 Industrial Way, the site of the biotech company, ChemGenes. It was reported to the department through an automatic report, caused by the activation of the company’s sprinkler system. A flash fire on a piece of equipment started the larger fire, which later affected a hazardous waste barrel.
A hazmat response was requested to the scene, due to the nature of the fire, according to Deputy Chief Wiliam Cavanaugh. This hazmat risk caused it to be raised to a second alarm fire.
Crews from Reading, North Reading, Woburn, and Tewksbury were on scene. Additionally, crews from Andover and Billerica covered the station. Responders remained on scene until it was cleared at 10 a.m. the next morning.
Following the incident, Crystal Trucking of Wilmington was used to remove the remaining chemical and hazardous materials.
There were no injuries, and little property damage from this fire. Much of the damage that did result was attributed to be water damage from the sprinkler system, while only a moderate amount was direct fire damage.
The second fire on Friday was located at 28 Cook Ave., and originated as a chimney fire that was called in by the resident. At the time of the fire, the Wilmington tower truck was unavailable, as it was working a medical emergency on Wildwood Street. Therefore, a special call was made for the Woburn tower truck.
Upon arriving to the scene, Cavanaugh said a series of water issues were immediately present, as the home was located uphill and far from a hydrant. Additionally, responders saw the fire had grown to be more than a chimney fire, causing a second alarm to be raised.
Damage from the fire was primarily contained to the attic and outside of the building.
During the Cook Avenue fire, one Wilmington firefighter was injured. He was treated and released, but is still not cleared to work.
Cavanaugh also said a missing cat was reported at the scene of the fire. The cat was located, and it is in good health.
As during the Industrial Way fire, additional support from other towns was needed. Crews from Reading, North Reading, Woburn, and Tewksbury were on scene while crews from Andover, Burlington and Billerica covered the station.
The scene was cleared at 1:30 that afternoon.