Boston firefighters battle blaze in old grandstand at Suffolk Downs; hampered by lack of water
Boston firefighters responded to Suffolk Downs in East Boston shortly after 10 p.m. for what turned into a six-alarm fire in the former grandstand roof structure at the former racetrack.
Firefighters initially had problems finding the fire that was creating all the smoke they saw, but initially located it in the structure between the grandstand and a large structure, possibly a former luxury box, atop the roof.
They then had difficulty finding adequate sources of water with which to fight the fire. Shortly after 11 p.m., firefighters began using water from a hydrant at a Wendy's, off Furlong Drive in Revere.
They have deployed the Departments Drone, these are pictures showing the fire and the thermal imaging of the fire from above. pic.twitter.com/rSOpJOklZw
— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) May 31, 2022
Video showing how far the run is to #SuffolkDowns. pic.twitter.com/eGaqpuFQpR
— Patrick W1PAC (@W1PAC) May 31, 2022
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Unless I'm misremembering things
I recall there being a hydrant somewhere on the apron.
Also, the upper structure was the press box. Another vestige of old Boston damaged. I spent many a summer Wednesday blowing off my trivia writing duties to go sit in the grandstand and watch races all afternoon before going off to host trivia that night. Life was good back then. #23untilIdie
remindes me of fallout-4:
(@7:30 for the explosion)