WORCESTER, Mass. — Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a massive fire at a truck dealership in Worcester.
Flames broke out around 8 p.m. at the Dario Diesel Truck Center on Route 20. By 8:30 p.m., a third alarm had been struck for assistance.
Residents in the area of the fire at 182 SW Cutoff are advised to close their windows until smoke clears the area.— City of Worcester (@TweetWorcester) July 26, 2016
Witnesses at the scene reported hearing popping noises from inside the building and large flames afterward.
“The flames were at least, I would say, 50 feet above the building. There were a few little explosions that happened, which gave it a little more energy,” Steve Christy, the owner of a neighboring business, said.
Fire crews were able to get the main body of the fire extinguished by 11 p.m., but remained on the scene overnight to keep an eye on hot spots.
#Worcester fire fighters are still trying to put out the fire behind Volvo truck dealership @fox25news pic.twitter.com/k8Dd7AQ5fT— Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) July 26, 2016
More video.. Fire is relentless #worcester pic.twitter.com/xyBUh5Tbzs— Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) July 26, 2016
Investigators on scene say Dario's diesel went up in flames. It's been around for 50+years. @fox25news #Worcester pic.twitter.com/jr6kqjF8oJ— Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) July 26, 2016
According to first responders, there were no injuries reported. At one point, firefighters told residents in Worcester to close their windows to keep the toxic smoke out of their homes.
Part of Route 20 was shut down for hours, but was reopened by early Tuesday morning.
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