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Former local pub destroyed, firefighters treated for heat exhaustion after Hanson fire

Hanson, 07/05/18- Halifax Fire Dept Captain Matt Cunningham pulls a firehose on the side of the building as firefighters from several South Shore communities battled a multi-alarm fire at the former J J's Pub on Liberty Street. The firefighters worked through the heat of the afternoon.Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Halifax Fire Department Captain Matt Cunningham pulls a firehose on the side of the building as firefighters from several South Shore communities battled a multi-alarm fire at the former J J's Pub on Liberty Street.

Multiple firefighters suffered heat exhaustion while fighting a three-alarm fire that destroyed a former pub in Hanson Thursday, officials said.

Firefighters responded to a fire at the vacant JJ’s Pub on 16 Liberty St. at 2:53 p.m., Hanson Fire Lieutenant Scott Billings said.

In photographs, one firefighter can be seen sitting on a street and drinking water; another can be seen resting on the hood of a car. “The combination of heat, humidity, smoke inhalation was obviously very strenuous,” Billings said.

Hanson 07/05/18- An exhausted firefighter rests on the hood of a fire dept suv as he and firefighters from several South Shore communities battled a multi-alarm fire at the former J J's Pub on Liberty Street. The firefighters worked through the heat of the afternoon.Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
An exhausted firefighter rests on the hood of a fire department SUV.
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Fire departments from neighboring South Shore communities also responded officials said. The state fire marshal’s office was on scene as well, providing Gatorade, water, as well as emergency medical services, officials said.

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“With this heat and humidity, they need to stay hydrated so they’re healthy throughout,” State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said in a phone interview. “The heat definitely takes a toll on the firefighters. They’re already facing severe conditions.”

Hanson 07/05/18- An exhausted Halifax firefighter takes a breather in back of a fire truck as firefighters from several South Shore communities battled a multi-alarm fire at the former J J's Pub on Liberty Street. The firefighters worked through the heat of the afternoon.Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
An exhausted Halifax firefighter takes a breather in back of a fire truck.

The fire was extinguished as of 6 p.m. Damages were estimated at $400,000, according to the fire marshal’s office office.

The fire temporarly closed Route 58 at the intersection of Liberty and East Washington streets. The area was reopened at about 7:30 p.m., Hanson Fire Deputy Chief Robert O’Brien said.

Electricity was also shut off in the area, affecting about 200 people, but was restored around 7 p.m., O’Brien said.

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The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Jackson Cote can be reached at jackson.cote@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jackson_k_cote.