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November 30, 2022
Paul Revere Apartments 3/10/1979
Updated On: Mar 04, 2008

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.

For reference, "301" was the Chief of the Department.  "302" and "303" were Chief Officers - referred to as "C-2" and "C-3" present day.


The fire at the Paul Revere Apartments located at 391 Broadway occurred on March 10, 1979 and went to 3 Alarms.  The fire originated in a basement storage area with heavy smoke throughout the building.  There was 1 fatality, Vera Jackson a 66 year old female in Apt#24  with approx. 30 tenants rescued over ladders, 6 of which were hospitalized.

Lt. Arthur "Buddy" Ross rescues 2 month old Sharon Ventola over a ground ladder from the blaze at the Paul Revere Apartments.

To listen to the audio from this fire CLICK HERE


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