Up in steam
Jan. 6 – Just before 4 p.m., fire crews were sent to the First Baptist Church of Belmont on Lexington Street for smoke in the building. Turns out that steam from a leaking heating pipe set off a nearby smoke detector.
Continued trouble on Louise
Jan. 8 – Half past midnight, fire crews were sent to Louise Road for the third time in a week for a gas leak. Firefighters found that the National Grid, the gas supplier for Belmont, was working in the area. They also found an intermittent natural gas odor where the gas company was marking the street to locate the supply lines at the intersection of Louise and Emerson Street. Earlier, a water main broke flooding the street.
Gas on the street
Jan. 8 – At a quarter 'til 7 p.m., Engine 2 were sent to the corner of Claflin and Munroe street where they determined to be an outside odor of gas. National Grid was already in the neighborhood investigating the issue.
Early morning car fire
Jan. 9 – It was really early in the morning, just after 3 a.m., when Engine 1 and Ladder 1 were sent to the corner of Fairview Avenue and Lewis Road for a car that was reportedly on fire. Belmont Police officers were on the scene with the vehicle having extinguished a fire in the passenger compartment as the fire department arrived. Engine 1 crew members popped open the trunk and found a smoldering fire that was extinguished. The fire is being investigated by the town's Fire Investigation Unit.;