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Blaze destroys commercial building in Hanover with faulty fire alarm, officials say

A massive fire tore through a commercial building in Hanover Wednesday morning, officials said.
A massive fire tore through a commercial building in Hanover Wednesday morning, officials said.Abington Fire Department

A massive three-alarm blaze destroyed a commercial building that had a faulty fire alarm in Hanover Wednesday morning, fire officials said.

Flames were first seen shooting from the back of the Conway Country building at 183 Columbia Rd. shortly after 2 a.m., according to a tweet from the Hanson Fire Department.

Hanson firefighters, along with crews from Duxbury, Pembroke, Abington, and Hingham, assisted Hanover firefighters at the scene Wednesday morning.

Smoke was pouring out of windows on all three floors of the building when officials first arrived. Hanover Fire Chief Jeffrey Blanchard told reporters at the scene that firefighters were initially unable to enter the structure and had difficulty with a hydrant.

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“The first hydrant that we tried to use, we were unable to get the caps off of it,” Blanchard told reporters. “We had a little bit of a delay getting water on the fire.”

The building was vacant at the time of the fire. No one was injured.

A firefighter hosed down the remains of the Conway Country building in Hanover.
A firefighter hosed down the remains of the Conway Country building in Hanover.David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Blanchard said a fire alarm in the building was not working correctly when flames broke out.

“There was a fire alarm in the building but we never received the fire alarm. So, at this point, we’re looking into what may have caused the delay or the inability of the fire alarm to transmit its information,” Blanchard told reporters.

Columbia Road was closed after the fire and residents should avoid the area Wednesday morning, Hanover firefighters wrote in a post on the department’s official Facebook page.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Caroline Enos can be reached at caroline.enos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @CarolineEnos.