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Plainville Firefighters battle 4-alarm blaze in townhouse complex

PLAINVILLE, Mass. — Fire officials are investigating a 4-alarm blaze after a mulch fire spread to two units at a townhouse condominium complex late Tuesday night in Plainville.

Fire Chief Richard Ball said around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday night Plainville firefighters responded to 6 Messenger St. for a report of a mulch fire. When crews arrived on the scene they discovered heavy smoke showing from units five and six of the 10-unit townhouse.

Firefighters began an aggressive exterior attack to knock down the heavy flames before beginning an interior attack on the fire, but they were eventually forced by fire conditions to exit the home and fight the fire from the exterior once more.

A fourth alarm was struck for additional manpower. The fire was under control by 1 a.m.

All residents from units 1-10 made it out safely, according to Chief Ball. However, one person was transported from the scene for stress-related injuries.

The two units sustained extensive structural damage. All residents of the 10 units are displaced by the fire due to electrical damage. The American Red Cross of Massachusetts was notified to provide assistance to those families.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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