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November 30, 2022
202 Highland Ave. 12/6/1986
Updated On: Dec 01, 2007

These audio files are from tapes that were used in a voice activated recorder. Prior to Somerville Fire going to a UHF frequency, they operated without a repeater. Therefore some of the radio traffic was not picked by the voice activated recorder. These and future files have also been edited to remove some of the dead air that would take up alot of time. These files reflect the busiest time on the Somerville Fire Department for fires.

Note: You will need to have Quick Time Player installed on your computer to listed to the Audio Files.  If you do not have Quick Time Player and would like to download it for free CLICK HERE


Because of the size of these files, it may take a minute or so before the audio starts playing.


Deputy Chief Dave Salvi waits for arriving companies during an early morning blaze at 202 Highland Avenue on December 6, 1986. The first of four alarms was struck at 0354 hours for a fire in a ground floor apartment which extended throughout the occupied apartment house. Ladder Two rescued two occupants over aerial. Off duty Somerville Fire Alarm Operator Frank Lee along with two fellow sparks Mike Salvi and Ted Pendergast pulled the street box opposite the fire building and conducted a search of most of the building. (Frank Lee photo)

Heavy fire vents out the ground floor apartment on the "B" side of 202 Highland Avenue. Deputy Chief Dave Salvi directs operations while Ff Bill Hallinan and Captain Joe Higgins prepare to place an attack line into operation. (Frank Lee Photo)

An occupant is rescued over Ladder Two's aerial. The occupants were trapped in heavy smoke. (Frank Lee photo)

(Photos below by Ted Pendergast -


To hear the Audio File from this 4 Alarm Fire CLICK HERE


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