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Arson fire destroys Bridgewater neighborhood, officials say

Authorities are investigating a four-alarm fire in Bridgewater.

George Rizer for the Globe

Authorities are investigating a four-alarm fire in Bridgewater.

A four-alarm blaze that ravaged a Bridgewater neighborhood Tuesday morning was deliberately set inside a vacant building, authorities said.

Bridgewater Fire Chief George W. Rogers said that the fire started in a vacant 10-family building at 76-78 Broad St. and then spread to neighboring properties.

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State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan’s office said the fire eventually destroyed or damaged six buildings, including three occupied residential buildings.

The fire at 76-78 Broad was intentionally set, according to Coan’s office. That building was totally destroyed, officials said.

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Rogers said his firefighters encountered heavy fire upon arrival, and it took firefighters from 10 communities to battle the blaze. A Bridgewater firefighter sustained a minor injury and was sent to Brockton Hospital.

Firefighters had responded to the 10-family unit two weeks ago to deal with several small fires, Rogers said.

The investigation is ongoing.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.
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