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New Bedford Fire Department Awarded Two Fire Safety Education Grants

The New Bedford Fire Department has received $13,000 in state funding to educate the city's youth and seniors about fire safety and prevention.

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Rear of 120-122 Oakdale St. / Jim Phillips / TSM
Rear of 120-122 Oakdale St. / Jim Phillips / TSM

Fire Causes Extensive Damage To Three Family Unit

A fire early Monday all but totaled a three family building at 120-to-122 Oakdale Street in New Bedford's West End.

District Chief David Cooper says the fire broke out shortly after 3am on the second floor back porch, and then accelerated after igniting a propane tank on the first floor porch

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Denise McQuillen

Forever Paws Animal Shelter Sells Fundraising Calendars

Need a new calendar for the upcoming new year?

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Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

NB Firefighters Busy Sunday Night

New Bedford firefighters quickly doused two fires Sunday night.

The first happened in an apartment house at 156 Chestnut Street.  Fire Chief Michael Gomes says the fire ignited in a kitchen and caused an estimated $35,000 damage

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Taylor Cormier/Townsquare Media

New Bedford Firefighters Honored For Bravery

The State's 25th annual ceremony honoring bravery by firefighters in Massachusetts recognized four members of the New Bedford Fire Department.

Among those receiving Medals of Valor were Lt. Mark Raposa and Firefighter Matthew Forand for life-saving actions while battling a house fire on Dartmouth Street earlier this year

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Small Fire At GNB Voc-Tech

A fire in a carpentry shop at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School kept firefighters busy for a short while Monday afternoon.

The blaze was reported just before 5pm. District Chief Jeff Pothier tells WBSM News, the smoky fire was located in a barrel containing wood chips and some oily rags

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New Bedford Tire Fire

New Bedford Fire officials say that some tires caught fire at Mainline Tire Recycling located at 680 Acushnet Avenue around 4:15 a.m.

There are no reports of injuries, the extent of the damage isn't currently known

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Flooding on Route 18 in New Bedford
Flooding on Route 18 in New Bedford

Flooding Reported On Southcoast

Southeastern Massachusetts saw heavy rains on Friday for much of the day, causing flooding in localized areas.  Route 18 in New Bedford sustained the worst flooding, and for a time Friday afternoon, State Police blocked off ramps leading to the highway to prevent cars from getting stuck

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File Photo / Getty Images

Sycamore St. Fire Leaves Tenament Uninhabitable

A fire late Saturday morning at 69 Sycamore St. caused extensive damage, and left the structure uninhabitable.

District Fire Chief James Clark says flames were seen coming out of the second floor windows and attic windows when firefighters arrived around 11:46am

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FEMA to Allow Fire Department Positions to Stay Vacant as SAFER Money Runs Out

A day of reckoning is on the horizon as the clock ticks down on the federal grant funding a third of the fire department through fiscal year '15. New Bedford's Chief Financial Officer Ari Sky told the City Council during Monday's budget hearing that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will grant the city waivers to allow vacant positions due to retirements or fire fighters leaving to remain that way

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