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    LODD Massachusetts Firefighter Dies Battling Three-Alarmer

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    Massachusetts Firefighter Dies Battling Three-Alarmer

    The unidentified Peabody firefighter was transported to Salem Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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    Posted: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 03:29pm
    Updated: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 04:37pm
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    A Peabody firefighter died while battling a three-alarm blaze at an apartment building on Friday, according to WCVB-TV


    A spokeswoman from the Salam Hospital identified the firefighter as James Rice, according to The Salem News.

    Crews responded the fire at the three-story apartment building at 5 Hancock Street at approximately 1:25 p.m., officials said.

    During the blaze, a firefighter was heard on the police scanner stating that a firefighter was down and had apparently went into cardiac arrest, the newspaper reported.

    A resident told the newspaper that he power went out and a bed caught fire as his mother was trying to fix an outlet, or something that was plugged into it, in a second-floor bedroom.

    Firefighters remain on the scene dousing hotspots.

    Firehouse.com will provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

    http://www.firehouse.com/stateprovin...ee-alarm-blaze

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    Peabody firefighter died while department battled three-alarm fire

    Peabody firefighter died while department battled three-alarm fire

    By Travis Andersen and Peter Schworm, Globe Staff

    PEABODY -- A veteran Peabody firefighter was killed this afternoon when he inhaled toxic fumes while battling a three-alarm fire inside an apartment building, Peabody Fire Chief Steven Padson said.

    At an evening press conference, a somber Padson said the cause of Rice’s death is the subject of an intense investigation by multiple agencies. He said no firm explanation has been established for the fatal incident.

    However, he added that Rice “did take in some toxic fumes and he did succumb.’’

    Padson said the fatal incident happened when Rice was somewhere between the first and second floors of the three-story building at 5 Hancock St. The chief said he did not know if Rice had exhausted his air supply.

    He said Rice was provided emergency medical assistance by firefighters and emergency medical technicians at the scene. However, Rice was later pronounced dead at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem.


    Padson said Rice was 46 years old, an 11-year-veteran of the Peabody Fire Department and a father of three children.

    “I can say that Firefighter James Rice was loved and liked by everybody,’’ Padson said. “He will be missed by the Peabody Fire department and throughout the entire city of Peabody.’’

    The death of the Peabody firefighter comes just 15 days after Worcester Firefighter Jon D. Davies Sr. was killed when he and his firefighting partner rushed back into a burning apartment building to search for a tenant who was reported to be inside.

    The building collapsed, killing Davies. Authorities said the tenant had already left he building before Davies went looking for him.

    State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan joined Padson at the press conference tonight and immediately spoke of Davies’ death.

    “Here we go again,’’ said Coan. “I never thought I would be standing here today, so soon after the tragedy and the burial of Firefighter Davies in Worcester last week.’’

    Coan said the fire is under investigation by State Police troopers assigned to his office, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives and Peabody firefighters.

    He said the investigation will include a detailed look into the property’s history, including whether it has been the subject of code enforcement actions by the city.

    Worcester Deputy Fire Chief Geoffrey Gardell said the deaths were “all too close” and that his department would send a contingent of firefighters to pay tribute to Rice’s sacrifice.

    “Our hearts are with them,” he said in a telephone interview tonight.

    Edward A. Kelly, president of the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts union, asked Massachusetts residents to remember Rice and his family in their prayers.

    “We ask that people please pray for them, that their privacy is respected and that they are given their time to grieve,’’ Kelly said.

    One resident was also rushed to the hospital, but they were reported to be in good condition.

    Globe correspondent Amanda Cedrone contributed to this report.


    photo. Peabody firefighters pause outside the apartment building where Firefighter James Rice was fatally injured today.
    Josh Reynolds for the Boston Globe.

    http://www.boston.com/Boston/metrode...8iI/index.html

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    in Memory.

    in Memory..

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    in Memory

    in Memory of FF James Rice.

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    Funeral planned for fallen Peabody firefighter Jim Rice

    Funeral planned for fallen Peabody firefighter Jim Rice

    Updated: Monday, 26 Dec 2011, 6:39 AM EST
    Published : Saturday, 24 Dec 2011, 10:20 PM EST



    PEABODY (FOX 25 / MyFoxBostoncom) - A wake and funeral arrangements for fallen firefighter Jim Rice have been scheduled. The arrangements were announced one day after the Peabody man was fatally injured in a three-alarm fire. Rice was a beloved husband and father of three children who had been with the department for 11 years.

    Jim Rice died on Friday after sustaining injuries inside a Hancock Street apartment building. Fellow firefighters carried Rice out of the building. He was rushed to Salem Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Peabody's fire chief says 46-year-old Rice inhaled toxic fumes and his death was due to a medical condition.

    While loved ones await autopsy results scheduled to be released in a few days, investigators look into what may have caused the fire.

    Fire officials have ruled out arson as a possible cause. They say the fire was likely an accident.

    A number of questions surrounding the fire will be answered in the coming days. Meanwhile, the community continues to show their support to the family of Rice.

    Mourners left a makeshift memorial outside the West Peabody Firehouse where Jim Rice worked on Friday night. For Jim

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    Funeral Services for FF James Rice.


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