A massive general-alarm blaze erupted at a Fall River mill today, forcing nearby residents to evacuate and school and day-care programs to relocate, city officials said.
No one was injured in the fire at the Duro Textiles mill, which has been inactive for nearly two years, city and mill officials said.
Edward W. Ricci II, Duro Textiles LLC’s chief executive officer and president, said in a statement tonight, ‘‘It is a very unfortunate situation that occurred at our abandoned Plant 2 complex. Thankfully, no one was hurt and no production will be lost. We should all be very proud of our first responders, who reacted quickly to help contain the problem.’’
Although the fire was suppressed by about 5:50 p.m., parts of the Middle Street building were still smoldering into the evening, said Fall River Fire Captain Maurice Reney.
The mill, which appeared to have been unoccupied, was destroyed, Mayor William A. Flanagan said.
The complex manufactures military uniforms.
After-school programs at the nearby Matthew J. Kuss Middle School were forced to relocate because of the fire, as were the day-care programs at the East Gate Christian Academy, Reney said.
Residents were also evacuated on a case-by-case basis, but Reney said he had no definitive answer on how many people were displaced. Police closed all roads leading to the mill, Flanagan said.
The fire was the first general-alarm fire in Fall River in about 10 years, Reney said. A general-alarm fire is a call for help to all available firefighting units.
The Fall River Fire Department used a mutual aid system that called in support from towns throughout Bristol County. Somerset, Swansea, Freetown, Westport, Seekonk, Dartmouth, and Rhode Island’s Tiverton and Portsmouth were among the communities to send firefighters to help.
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