• Walpole firefighters battle blaze feet from their fire station

    By: Manoella Macedo

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    WALPOLE, Mass. - Firefighters in Walpole spent the day at a fire at a three-story building.

    The fire broke out just before noon on Wednesday at 942 East Street, on the corner of Main Street.

    The building is a few hundred yards away from the town's new main fire station. It houses "Walpole Music" on the first floor.

     

    Katlyn Thibodeau lost pretty much everything when her apartment caught fire. A few boxes were salvaged but one thing that was not saved was a memory box from her baby girl, who was stillborn. 

    "It's like a memory box they give you when you have a stillborn and it's got a piece of their hair and footprints in it and it's probably the only thing that is not replaceable. I'm hoping it's somewhere in there," she said. 

     

    Thibodeau was at work at the time and three other residents were not home.

    Witnesses tell Boston 25 News workers from Farmer in the Dell, the restaurant across the street, ran over to the building once they noticed the flames and began knocking on doors trying to alert people who could have been inside. 

    Firefighters had two concerns because of the high winds that wires possibly catching fire and trying to keep the flames from spreading to the adjacent building.

    The fire is still under investigation. 

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