Car Crashed Into Wareham House, Starts Fire

WAREHAM (CBS) – A fire started in a house in Wareham Friday night after a car crashed into it.

Police say the crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on Oak Street and the fire started after the collision.

Crews first to arrive on scene said there were two people in the truck. The driver, later identified as Richard Fiorentino, 17, of Wareham, was stuck in the truck and firefighters were able to get him out through the rear window of the truck. He was taken to Tobey Hospital.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

Fiorentino’s two passengers were able to get out of the truck; one of them had to be taken by MedFlight to a Boston hospital.

A man who lives in the house was in the shower when the crash happened. His girlfriend had to break a window for them to get out. They were not injured.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports.

“If this was later in the night and people were sleeping, we may have lost a few lives here,” said Wareham police chief Richard Stanley.

Authorities say Fiorentino was traveling north on Oak Street and lost control as he approached Minot Avenue.

Gertrude Bazinet lives in the house next door. The truck just missed her house as it ran over some bushes and into the other home.

“I thought it was thunder, but I thought it wasn’t raining. But I looked and looked at the corner because this corner is very bad for car accidents,” she told WBZ’s Jim Smith.

The collision with the house moved the structure seven feet off its foundation. Authorities also believe the gas lines were torn loose from the house and that’s what caused the fire.

Neighbors say a different vehicle hit the house 20 years ago.

Fiorentino is charged with drunk driving causing serious injury, operating to endanger, marked lanes violation and speeding. He is expected to be summonsed to Wareham District Court.

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  • karen s

    hope bail is high and he doesn’t have it posted. try this one as an adult too. time they really learn lessons the hard way. 17 and drunk driving. destroys someone else’s home. thankfully the homeowners weren’t injured. 2 to the hospital. none of the family court/juvie justice nonsense. after jail, there should be alot of sweat equity out of this kid and his pals to restore this house and many more. mom & dad’s insurance may not cover it. guess you’ll get your diploma by going to night school. real justice, no slaps on the wrist

  • hang em high

    This little punk must come from a real nice home. 17, driving drunk with 2 little bimbos along for the ride. The firefighters should never have risked their own lives to get this moron out of his truck. 4 innocent people could have died because of this piece or work.

  • Christine

    To Karen S,

    Who do you think you are? You know nothing about this kid and the family he is from. This kid was a good kid. He hung around with the wrong people. Both of his parents loved him and did everything they could to bring him up properly. He made a mistake and does not deserve to be tried as an adult. He and his family are suffering already. You know nothing. Keep your comments off these blogs because you are ignorant!! Go back to school and learn how to write and spell properly.

  • Bethany

    Karen makes a good point. She is not being ignorant just speaking the truth. He is 17 years old and hanging around with the wrong people is the worst and most ignorant excuse. He could have killed someone. Try him most certainly as an adult. If anything the young man should have most of the blame.. but where were his parents when this all happened. Good parenting.. I must say. These future generations need some strict consequences to shape em.

  • John

    To Bethany,
    He is only 17 and does not need his life ruined by being tried as an adult. Do you watch your kids 24 hours a day? I don’t know of anyone who watches their 17 year old 24 hours a day. Unless you are in their shoes, you do not know what you are talking about.

  • heather jean

    iam with karen. he almost killed someone. and he could have taken a few lifes

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