Firefighters worked through the night in the midst of the nor’easter to extinguish a four-alarm fire in an office building in North Attleborough, said Fire Department officials.
Just after midnight Friday, firefighters were called to 30 North Washington St. to investigate an alarm. When they arrived at the multistory wooden office building, they found thick smoke on the second floor and flames in the walls, said Deputy Chief Mike Brousseau.
“We weren’t expecting that at all,” he said. “We saw all of the smoke and immediately backed out of the building.”
The entire North Attleborough department, along with support from fire departments in Attleboro, Plainville, Wrentham, Foxborough, Norton, and Cumberland, R.I, worked on the site throughout the morning. Brousseau said about 50 firefighters were at the scene.
By noon the blaze was put out, and firefighters continued to work on demolishing the building.
The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental, said Brousseau, with further investigation unlikely because of the building’s demolition.
There were no civilian injuries resulting from the blaze, said Brousseau. There was only one commercial occupant in the building, a salon on the lower floor, with the remaining three floors vacant. One firefighter sustained a minor injury.
The extreme weather conditions as well as the age of the century-old building made fighting the blaze more difficult, according to Brousseau.
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