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Firefighters battle large blaze in Malden

Firefighters battled a blaze in a large building near the Oak Grove MBTA station in Malden amid bitter cold on Monday evening, officials said.

No injuries were reported, Malden Mayor Gary Christenson said on Twitter at 9:20 p.m.

Malden police advised drivers to avoid Glenwood Street at Washington and Winter streets because of road closures due to the fire. “Please avoid the area,” police said on Twitter at 5:30 p.m.

The fire caused some nearby electric customers to lose power, officials said. National Grid temporarily de-energized a power line that caused an outage for North Medford residents, but power was restored by 7:20 p.m., Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn said on Twitter.


Images broadcast on television news programs and shared on social media showed large flames shooting out of a three-story building that includes the Oak Grove Laundry Center on the first floor. There was a large number of firefighters present, with a ladder truck in use and hoses snaking across the roadways.

Malden City Councilor Amanda Linehan asked residents to avoid Oak Grove in a Twitter post. She added that residents were keeping warm in MBTA buses and that the American Red Cross was providing assistance at the scene.

The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services team from Lynn provided snacks, water and blankets for residents, the organization’s Massachusetts division said in a tweet.

Malden police and fire officials were not immediately available for comment. No further information was available.

Madison Mercado can be reached at madison.mercado@globe.com. Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.