A raging fire tore through a commercial facility rented by a congressional candidate in Westford late last night, destroying the building.
No one was hurt, and the building had only one tenant at the time: the campaign headquarters of Jon Golnik, a Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District held by US Representative Niki Tsongas.
Fire Lieutenant Donald Parsons of the Westford fire prevention bureau said this morning that the fire remains under investigation by detectives with the state fire marshal’s office. The cause is undetermined at this time.
“We haven’t had the ability to get inside, because it was so damaged,” he said.
He could not provide a monetary assessment of the damage because the building, on Littleton Road, was slated to be torn down to make way for another development project.
The fire was reported at 11:22 p.m., and by the time firefighters arrived the two-story, wood-framed structure was engulfed in flames.The building's large size, at 35 feet wide and 160 feet long, made it impossible for Westford firefighters to fight it alone and help was called in from surrounding towns to douse the flame
The building was built in the 1970’s and had no sprinkler or fire alarm system.
“There was no advanced warning at this facility,” he said. “When we got there, the fire was well involved.”
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