Revere firefighters rushed to the scene of a large brush fire on the holiday, helping the Lynn Fire Department contain and then extinguish the tricky blaze that engulfed a 200-yard area of grass, shrubs, trees, and weeds close to the General Edwards Bridge.
Revere Acting Fire Chief Chris Bright reported that the RFD received a call from Lynn for mutual aid at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4. Deputy Chief Paul Cheever, Capt. Steve Parsons, and firefighters Mike Murphy and Charles Foster, of Engine 5 from the Freeman Street/North Shore Road fire station teamed with Lynn firefighters at the area of the fire, a tract of land located between the Point of Pines Yacht Club and the former Club Morgan lot in Lynn.
“The area of the fire was about the size of two football fields,” said Bright. “Our Engine 5 arrived to assist Lynn and an additional box was sounded to bring in two other engines and a truck from Lynn.”
Because of the considerable distance from the road to the rectangular edges of the fire, firefighters faced the challenge of getting the lines in to an advantageous position to battle the blaze. Revere firefighters spent approximately two hours in the successful fire extinguishing operations on a day when afternoon temperatures soared in to the mid-80s.
The Revere Fire Department (Ladder 2) also assisted the LFD at a fire later that night on Lowell Street in Lynn.