Fire destroys bagel shop in Newburyport

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — Flames tore through a building in Newburyport Tuesday morning, destroying a bagel shop in the heart of town.

"It's not what you expect at that time of the morning," Christy Haley, who has worked at Abraham's Bagels for ten years, told FOX25. Haley said she woke up after hearing an explosion and looked out her window to see massive flames.

Haley said a baker was inside the shop on Liberty Street at the time. The baker looked out to see the flames as they started right outside the building, which also houses a law office on the second floor and an apartment on the third.

The person who lives in the apartment was home at the time, but made it out safety. One firefighter was evaluated but determined to be okay.

Crews from ten communities as far north as Portsmouth and as far south as Newbury came to help out the fire department and had the flames out in about an hour.

"Mutual aid at its finest," Newburyport fire chief Christopher LeClaire said.

Despite how bad the damage looks, Chief LeClaire said the building is still salvageable. Employees said they hope to reopen in a few months.

Abraham's Bagels has been in the area for 25 years.