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.
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.
“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.”
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.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.Jackson Cote can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jackson_k_cote.