Department News


Press release regarding today’s fire

On March 2nd at 12:35 pm Tyngsborough Police officers observed smoke coming from the area behind the Pine Knoll apartment building located at 400 Dunstable Road.  A fire was then located on the property of Constantine Loam which is located next to the apartment building.  Tyngsborough Police officers began an evacuation of the apartment building as the wind was blowing the fire in the direction of the building.  The Tyngsborough Fire Department immediately responded as the fire quickly grew as a result of the high winds.  The Tyngsborough Fire Department requested mutual aid from Chelmsford, Westford, Nashua, Dracut, Lowell & Hudson.   Trinity ambulance and Greater Lowell Paramedics responded as well and provided valuable assistance checking on residents and first responders.  Within a few minutes the fire had spread to the apartment building, officers were still in the building evacuating residents when smoke started to fill the hallways.

Firefighters dealt with thick black smoke and explosions of containers of gasoline while fighting the fire, the Tyngsborough Fire Department declared the fire under control at 1:49pm.  Residents of Pine Knoll apartments, who have been temporarily displaced, are being offered a shelter which has been opened up at the Senior Center on Westford Road, they are also being assisted by the American Red Cross. 

The fire is being investigated by Tyngsborough Police Detectives and the State Fire Marshall Service.  No conclusion has yet to be made regarding the cause of the fire, criminal activity is not suspected.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Tyngsborough Police Department Criminal Investigations unit at (978) 649-7504.

 

Released by; Chief Richard Howe