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October 31, 2012

Cleanup, restoration efforts in high gear across Merrimack Valley

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Even in the midst of the storm, the fire department was able to cope with an emergency situation when a fire broke out at 34 Juniper St.

The single-alarm fire was quickly extinguished by a person living in the multi-family home. The cause of the 7 p.m. fire remained under investigation yesterday by Lawrence Fire Capt. Robert Wilson and the state fire marshal’s office, Bergeron said.

Unable to get to work

Michael Tremblay, of 87 Haverhill St., North Andover, was unable to go to work yesterday because his driveway was still blocked byb a 100 year old oak tree that toppled bringing down two utility poles between 5:30-6 p.m. Monday.

He said he heard a “thump or a bang and saw a couple of huge flashes.”

“And voila,” he said, the tree, which he estimated to be at least 100 years old, was sprawled across his yard and driveway. Tremblay picked up a piece of rotten wood near the base of the tree and easily broke it with his hands.

“That’s what was holding it up,” he said. Before Hurricane Sandy, Tremblay said he had called the town, urging that the tree be removed.

“You couldn’t have picked a better spot,” he said, noting the tree missed his house as well as cars parked in the driveway. By late yesterday morning, National Grid had replaced the two poles, but the tree, sawed into several huge chunks, was still there.

Reporters Jill Harmacinski and Paul Tennant contributed to this report.

Material from the State House News Service was used in this report.

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