A general alarm fire swept through part of a fish-processing plant in New Bedford Wednesday night, causing severe damage to that portion of the building, but no injuries were reported, fire officials said.
The blaze was reported about 6:30 p.m. at Eastern Fisheries on Hervey Tichon Avenue, Fire Chief Brian Faria said. When crews arrived, smoke and flames were pouring out of the east side of the building, which faces the water, Faria said.
The fire was concentrated in a small extension that juts above the building's second floor, Faria said.
It "was a freezer type of area with an ice-making machine and a lot of insulation," he said.
The fire was escalated to a general alarm about two hours after crews arrived, Faria said. The blaze was knocked down about 9:30 p.m., he said.
"I'm told there was one individual in the building," Faria said. "The building is used. It's an active fish-processing plant and office space."
Faria said he did not believe the building had fire alarms.
Faria did not have an estimated cost of damage, but said the extension was severely damaged. The rest of the building likely suffered smoke damage, he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Eastern Fisheries operates 23 scallop vessels, three waterfront plants in New Bedford, and a processing facility in China, according to its website.
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