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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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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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Early Morning Fire Leaves 15 People Homeless

A fire early Saturday in a large rooming house at 201 Ashley Boulevard leaves a total of 15 people homeless.  Firefighters responded to the blaze around 7:30am.  There were no injuries reported

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New Bedford To Purchase Two Fire Trucks

The City of New Bedford will be acquiring two new pumpers for the Fire Department to replace two apparatus that are more than 20 years old.

The last fire truck added to the department was five years ago

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City Council Holds Final Budget Hearings

Some massive layoffs could hit New Bedford's Fire Department this fall, if a federal grant doesn't get renewed for the city.

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Mayor: “Safer Grant” Money Fully Accounted For

A crazy allegation.  That's how Mayor Jon Mitchell describes comments made by City Councilor Brian Gomes on Thursday, characterizing the city's Safer Grant for the fire department as "missing."  Mitchell describes the comment as "over the top"

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Suspect Sought In New Bedford Truck Cab Fire

Quick work by New Bedford Firefighters helped prevent some major fire damage Wednesday afternoon in the Downtown area.   

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