The following is from the Norwood Fire Department:
The quick response and work of the Norwood Fire Department prevented disaster last Wednesday evening at Norwood Hospital.
The call came in at 9:07 p.m. for a dumpster fire at Norwood Hospital at Washington Street and Hoyle Street. Fire Captain Kevin Romines quickly located the outside fire in the hospital loading dock area on East Hoyle Street. Apparatus arrived within three minutes and were confronted with a large rollable dumpster that was fully involved with fire rolling up the side of the hospital building. Equally as dangerous was the fire’s close proximity to a group of large liquid oxygen tanks located on the property.
A quick, aggressive attack by E-4 crew quickly had the majority of fire knocked down within a couple of minutes. Overhaul by L-1 and E-4 Crews proved time consuming due to the metal fire resistant construction on the outside of the building. Though sprinklers on the interior of the loading dock did activate, they did nothing to control the fire climbing up the outside of the hospital. Overhaul did prove the fire did not extend up and into the hospital exterior walls. The ER (Emergency Room) was put on diversion while fire crews operated outside of the hospital. No one was injured in the fire and crews cleared at 1:51 a.m.
Westwood Fire Department provided assistance on scene and Walpole Fire Department provided station coverage. The cause of the fire is still undetermined and an estimate of the damage is in the $15,000 range.