Fire hits building on Water Street in Worcester – Worcester Telegram

Fire hits building on Water Street in Worcester - Worcester Telegram
Disaster Action Team responds to Water Street in Worcester after 3-alarm fires displaces at least six residents
A Disaster Action Team has responded to the scene of a 3-alarm fire in Worcester on Thursday, according to the Massachusetts Red Cross.

The fire broke out at around 10 a.m. Thursday with multiple fire apparatus responding to 159 Water Street.

All companies again ordered out of building on Water Street, wind gusts not helping, fire more intense in front of building now @WorcNewsTonight

By 11:30 a.m., firefighters had contained the fire with only smoke emitting from the four-story building.

Video: Crews battle multi-alarm fire in Worcester

All companies again ordered out of building on Water Street, wind gusts not helping, fire more intense in front of building now @WorcNewsTonight

WORCESTER (CBS) — A large fired ripped through in a multi-story building in Worcester Thursday morning.

The Water Street building’s bottom floor houses a plumbing company called K&N Plumbing and Supply. Several families were displaced by the fire.

Firefighters rescued a dog from inside the building. It’s owner was not home at the time of the fire and returned to find it in flames.

“The firefighters went in and they kept searching,” said resident Luz Perez. “I’m not sure if my landlord told them I have a dog, because my landlord knew there was nobody home, but I think they knew that the dog was upstairs. I think that’s how the firefighters knew when they broke through the door and they looked for her and they were able to get her out, thank god.”

“Anytime it’s windy like this, if the fire breaks out to the exterior of the building, then basically all bets are off,” he said.

The fire chief said when firefighters arrived, they went up to the third floor and found most of the fire in the attic area. At first, he said, firefighters seemed to be controlling the fire, but then parts of the building started collapsing, so the firefighters were told to leave the building.

“Structurally the building is unstable and we’re going to have demolition crews come in now and start to take it down,” he said. “We’ll put the fire out as we go along.”

The storefront of K&N Plumbing and Supply Thursday morning after its building caught fire. (Photo Credit: WBZ-TV)

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation said the Interstate 290 westbound off ramp at Exit 13 was closed due to the fire.


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