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September 28, 2022
243 Elm Street 2nd Alarm 4/24/1979
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.

Second Alarm at 243 Elm Street on April 24, 1979. This was one of many arson fires to hit the city in that period. The fire fully involved Pasik's Furniture Store and spread through the ceiling into the adjacent Somerville Jewelers at #241 Elm Street. The box was struck at 2346 hrs followed by the Working Fire @2349 hrs and the Second Alarm @2351. An additional truck company was also requested above the second. (Photo courtesy of Dave Salvi)

To listen to the audio from this fire CLICK HERE

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