Canfield Street garage fire extinguished without injury

Jan 12, 2022

A small fire was extinguished at a residential garage on Canfield Street on Wednesday, Jan. 12, leaving minimal damages and no reported injuries.

Dartmouth Fire District No. 1 responded to the incident and was able to put out the flames before they could do much damage.

According to officials, the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Still, the residents of 18 Canfield St., where the garage is located, were less than pleased about the incident.

“Next week I’ll be 90 years old,” said resident Edward DeMello. “I don’t need this sh*t.”

He claimed it started after a local paving company, Silva’s Paving Co., sealed up their new driveway using a torch.

According to DeMello, he had to leave the house to pick up his wife CherylAnn while the pavers were working, and when he returned, he found the workers gone and smoke coming from the garage.

“When we got home, he was gone,” and the garage was on fire, he alleged. “He started the goddamn fire.”

Zachary Silva, owner of Silva’s Paving Co., said he didn’t know about the fire and that such an incident had never happened to him before.

“I do apologize to the homeowner — I wasn’t aware of the fire,” he said.

Silva said that before he left, he noticed a small patch of grass at the edge of the driveway was smoking slightly — a fairly common occurrence, he said — and made sure to put it out before he left.

A neighbor, Paul Pimento, said that he thought the fire started within about 20 minutes of the pavers leaving. He added that the homeowners were lucky that another of their neighbors is a volunteer firefighter, who called the fire department right away.

When the incident was over, CherylAnn DeMello said she was relieved that no one was hurt.

“I’m just glad [Edward] and I are okay,” she said. “That’s what counts.”