Three-alarm Worcester fire in triple-decker causes more than $1 million in damage, displaces 6

Worcester firefighters battled a three-alarm fire in a triple-decker Thursday morning that displaced six people and caused more than $1 million in damage, officials said.

Firefighters were called at 10:18 a.m. about a fire at 159 Water St., Worcester Deputy Fire Chief Martin Dyer said.

“It was a heavy fire in the attic space,” Dyer said. “We had a strong wind that just fueled the fire and it very, very rapidly grew out of control. Not too long after we were there, we received reports of some collapsing in the interior. That’s when we pulled companies out of the interior and went to exterior operation.”


No one was injured in the fire. Firefighters took an hour to control the blaze, and crews remained on scene Thursday afternoon to put out the flames, Dyer said.

“I think it would’ve been much easier to control without the winds. The fire wouldn’t have grown so fast and we would’ve been able to get it,” Dyer said.

K & N Supply Plumbing & Heating is listed as the business at 159 Water St.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire, Dyer said.

“The structural integrity of the building was compromised, so we have a demolition company [here],” Dyer said. “They took the third floor off already. They discussed if they need to take the whole building down immediately, but I don’t know where they are with that yet.”

The American Red Cross of Massachusetts said in a tweet that the organization is helping six residents displaced by the fire.

Exit 13 on Interstate 290 westbound was temporarily shut because of the fire, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said.

Witnesses to the fire saw smoke and flames near the top of the building.

“There was a lot of flames coming out of there. Flames were coming from the roof, the attic, the top of the roof,” said John, an employee at the nearby Kelley Square Liquors Inc. who declined to give his last name.


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