EVERETT, Mass. — A massive fire destroyed an old warehouse building in Everett overnight. The fire, which started late last night, happened at an empty warehouse on Norman Street, authorities say.
The building was set to be demolished before being turned into residential units, according to the deputy fire chief. When crews got on the scene, the building was engulfed in flames. Since it was vacant, it had no working alarms and no power to the building.
A nearby telephone pole caught fire, but firefighters were able to contain the flames to the large warehouse. National Grid was called immediately to shut down power to the area.
The deputy fire chief says not only was putting out the warehouse fire a priority but also checking on the air quality in dealing with potentially harmful chemicals.
“It was our understanding that this place was vacated of all that equipment, but we didn’t want to take any chances for the public safety,” said Deputy Chief Lawrence Cardinale. “That’s why we immediately called for the state hazmat to come in and monitor.”
The warehouse is on Norman Street, near Nightshift Brewing and Teddie Peanut Butter. Everett Fire confirmed on Twitter that the warehouse was not at Duncan Galvanizing, saying it was an empty warehouse.
The deputy chief says the building was in the planning stages to be demolished and turned into residential units. The State Fire Marshal has been called to come to investigate the fire.
Editor’s Note: Boston 25 News originally reported that the warehouse was at Duncan Galvanizing, but Everett Fire confirmed it wasn’t.
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