A five-alarm fire early this morning destroyed a building in Ayer containing a row of stores and several apartments, but no injuries were reported, fire officials said.
The blaze broke out shortly after midnight in a building at 63 Main St., quickly engulfing the building and two floors above, State Fire Marshal Steve Coan said in a telephone interview.
Coan said firefighters from several surrounding towns were called in to fight the blaze.
“This was a tough fire. The firefighters were dealing with a tight area and prevented the fire from spreading to other exposure buildings,” said Coan.
He said the structure contained a Subway restaurant and other businesses, along with apartments above. All of the residents managed to get out safely, authorities said.
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